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V.3.4 Small Business Ecosystem of Support

Action

Establish a strong channel of business support including training, technical assistance, regular networking opportunities. 

Why

Small
business
technical
assistance and support programs can be
a
linchpin that
ensures
a strong economic
foundation
in
your district and create financially
stronger
business
enterprises.

Then those enterprises create
jobs, generate
income
and
investment
and attract and retain needed community goods and services. Most businesses benefit from technical assistance, help with developing a strong business plan and obtaining financing. Networking opportunities allow businesses to be natural mentors to each other, bounce ideas off of one another, identify challenges that are unique to the district, cross market programs, products and services and more.

How
  1. Develop programs and partnerships to provide consistent training and 1:1 technical assistance to small business owners.
  2. Hold community merchant meetings at least quarterly to build community and connections.
  3. Share information about additional business resources and referrals regularly with your local businesses and be sure that the information is available upon request.

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