By way of follow-up to February 15th's Foster Summit event, we've asked a couple of the attendees to share a summary of topics and ideas from the breakout session they attended. We will publish these, along with the 'butcher paper' notes in the weeks to come.
Mandy Isaacs did all of us a solid by stepping in at the last minute to lead our small business roundtable --thanks again Mands! She's also one of the organizers of Foster Small Business, where she's been helping to launch the Foster Street Card.
Were you were there? What did Mandy miss? Even if you couldn't attend the event, we hope you'll share your take on these important community issues.
No time was wasted in the small business roundtable at the Foster Summit. Participants came with questions, ideas and announcements ready to go!
We had a great discussion on connecting with property owners of vacant storefronts and rundown buildings. In hopes of encouraging improvements that would appeal to potential new businesses, we could enlighten owners about existing incentives. There was also mention of creating new incentives that are appropriate for our business community.
It's understood that improvements can be costly and time consuming. Connecting building owners to available grants or PDC funding programs for storefront improvements and treescaping could ease this process. There is also a possible opportunity here for the community to form a volunteer labor crew to assist in completing these projects.(more…)