Governor Awards City For Innovative Business Plan Competition
Governor Perdue will award the City of Greenville on November 14, for being an innovative and creative small business community. Greenville was one of nine communities recognized by the Governor for a program designed to help small businesses in the city.
Greenville will receive the Governor’s Innovative Small Business Community Award for its small business plan competition for the downtown and West Greenville redevelopment areas. The competition awards up to $30,000 in forgivable loans for business to start or expand in these areas.
“We have had tremendous success with this program since it started in 2008,” said Community Development Director Merrill Flood. “The City helped 16 businesses be able to succeed in Greenville’s center city and West Greenville. We are honored to be recognized by the Governor for our efforts to help revitalize these areas and grow the city’s economy.”
“Small businesses are the backbone of North Carolina’s economy. Supporting our small business owners and entrepreneurs is the best way to improve the unemployment rate,” said Gov. Perdue. “Part of being the best place to do business is providing support for the innovators, risk-takers and small business owners who create jobs.”
The City has partnered with the Small Business Development Technology Center at ECU and Pitt Community College and non-profits such as EXCEED to provide assistance to businesses who need help developing or refining their business plans. Plans are voted on by the City’s Redevelopment Commission twice per year. Deadlines for the next award cycles are December 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012.
For more information about this successful, innovative program, please contact Niki Jones at 329-4518.
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