City launches new initiative to help small businesses

Updated 13 weeks ago by Brian Chambers, Director of Communications City of Huntington
Huntington City Council honored Bridget  Rowsey this evening for receiving the U.S. Small Business Administration's Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for West Virginia. Bridget owns Bridget's Dance Academy on the corner of 10th Street and 8th Avenue.
Huntington City Council honored Bridget Rowsey this evening for receiving the U.S. Small Business Administration's Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for West Virginia. Bridget owns Bridget's Dance Academy on the corner of 10th Street and 8th Avenue.
Pictured with Bridget (second from right) are her sister, Brean Watters Stewart, and parents, Keith and Judy Watters. Photo Mayor's Office

HUNTINGTON – The City of Huntington, in collaboration with several organizations, unveiled a new initiative Monday, April 28, that aims to create an environment where small businesses can succeed.

The goals of the long-term initiative, called “Huntington: Be Small. Live Large,” are to support existing businesses, promote local business and inspire entrepreneurs.

“My administration’s focus from day one has been to seek job growth in this community,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “This exciting initiative is a result of that ongoing effort. Helping our existing small businesses and creating opportunities for new startup companies and aspiring entrepreneurs are the core of any success we will have in moving Huntington forward.”

The initiative is a partnership between the city and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce; Unlimited Future, Inc.; Small Business Development Center; Create Huntington; Downtown Huntington Partners; and the Huntington Area Development Council. Representatives of these organizations began meeting in January to explore how they can collaborate to better serve small businesses.

 

To kick off the initiative, several events geared toward assisting small businesses have been scheduled throughout the month of May. They include four Create Huntington Chat ‘n Chews focused on small business development, workshops hosted by Unlimited Future, Inc. and the Small Business Development Center, and the Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours Trade Show, just to name a few.

 

“There are a number of resources available to small business owners in this community that can help create an entrepreneurial spirit here,” said Cathy Burns, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber advocates on behalf of businesses, provides vital, business-to-business networking to raise your profile and provides programming and events on current issues and topics.”

To view the small business events calendar, visit www.cityofhuntington.com, and check for event updates and reminders on the city’s Facebook page and on Twitter @huntingtoncity.

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