Are You Ready for Business? Practical Tips for Building a Strong Business Retention Program

APA Florida, Treasure Coast Section

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT

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Overview

This session will explore how your community can build a stronger, more effective business retention program and avoid mistakes that could derails your planning efforts. While the economic slowdown is behind us, many communities are still struggling with a new economic reality that includes a more volatile employment base, challenging demographic and retail sale trends and tightened credit markets. As communities attempt to rebuild tax base and create jobs, downtown programs are having to rethink how downtowns function and what it means be healthy and successful. What is the best planning approach to take to support small businesses? What planning tools and strategies will attract new investors to downtown? Are there better ways to identify new opportunities or increase sales from existing markets? During this session, we will explore how your community can build a stronger, more effective business retention program and avoid mistakes that could derail your efforts. Using case study examples from across the country, Ms Greenberg will review a variety of planning strategies and tactics that downtown development organizations can use to strengthen and enhance their business district, including financial resources or incentives that could support small business growth, and activities for strengthening the downtown’s overall business environment.