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Support Local Small Business

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

If we are going to create new jobs and stabilize our post-COVID economy, we need to support entrepreneurs.

Every business started with an entrepreneur. Yet politicians tend to hear from large firms, shaping a narrative about business needs and what makes a strong economy. Entrepreneurs need a level playing field to compete with established businesses, which have better access to policymakers. Among other things, this means economic development efforts should support local business owners and not just offer incentives to attract outside businesses. Policymakers should prioritize the development of supportive ecosystems that help everyday people start businesses, and they should cut red tape that holds Winchester residents back.

My experience as a small business owner and President of the Old Town Winchester Business Association make me uniquely qualified to stand up for entrepreneurs in Winchester. I understands how difficult it can be to overcome obstacles and start a new venture.

Here's what we can do:

  • Direct departments to invest in entrepreneurs instead of prioritizing business recruitment

  • Charge economic development with making the support of new, homegrown entrepreneurs a top priority

  • Direct city departments to collect and use data on new businesses in order to appropriately target interventions that reduce barriers to new business development and sustainability

  • Listen to citizens on how to address barriers to starting and growing businesses

  • Review of the impact of existing ordinances, licensing, permits, zoning requirements, and other regulations on the creation of new businesses

  • Play a leading role in supporting incubators, accelerators, and other entrepreneur support organizations

  • Support a place-based identity or brand for locally made goods and services to support local makers and entrepreneurs

My experience in this area:

  • Employed as the Northern Shenandoah Valley Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder 2020

  • Co-Chair of the Tech and Innovation Coalition of TVRC 2019

  • Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership 2019

  • Old Town Winchester Business Association President 2015-2016

  • Managed an Old Town Winchester business 2012-2014

  • Co-owner of a laser engraving company 2009-2011

  • Raised in a family of entrepreneurs


  • TEConomy Report

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