Small Business Hearing - June 4 2020

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Small Business Assessment Announcement
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther
Small Business Assessment Announcement

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Reimagining Small Business Initiative
Reimagining Small Business Initiative

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Columbus, Ohio 43215


The Small Business Agenda presents a bold vision for real change: our concerted, strategic effort has the power to bridge the small business ecosystem gaps and lift up all small business owners. This is our moment to come together to ensure that America’s Opportunity City rises to the challenge of creating a small business ecosystem that propels every resident toward prosperity.

Our Process

These short-term wins will spark momentum for the multi-year Small Business Agenda and lead to a paradigm shift in how we support small businesses in Columbus
Short Term Wins

Select target neighborhoods and identify Neighborhood Small Business Liaisons for spearheading community partnerships and expanding awareness of resources
Conduct focus groups among entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) to identify collective training needs and capability gaps, and hold ESO-led trainings to address identified gaps

Develop a capital readiness curriculum and create a standard capital readiness assessment process to prepare small business owners to take advantage of capital options
Engage anchor institutions that currently purchase from local small businesses and hold initial anchor collective meeting to outline goals for promoting “buy local” thinking