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City Rolls Out Plan to Aid Small Businesses

Dubbed Seven in Eleven, the program includes seven practical actions

Release Date: 2/17/2011 8:30:00 AM

MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Worlock 625-6991

The City of Spokane today formally rolled out a new program to help improve business conditions for small businesses within Spokane. The program, dubbed “Seven in Eleven,” includes seven practical actions the City will complete in 2011 to help improve the immediate business climate.

The final “Seven In Eleven” action steps were selected from more than 22 individual ideas submitted by small business owners and managers. The final group was selected with assistance from Greater Spokane Incorporated’s Small Business Council and Public Policy Council. An important consideration of the “Seven in Eleven” program is that each action step must be accomplished in 2011 and with no net cost, considering the City’s tight existing budget and staff resources.

Mayor Mary Verner mentioned the new program in her 2011 State of the City address, which was held on Feb. 11 in front of about 350 people as part of a morning breakfast meeting hosted by Greater Spokane Incorporated.

“This is part of a larger strategy we’re rolling out to address the concerns that small business owners raised with us in a survey and workshop last fall,” the Mayor said as part of her address. The “Seven in Eleven” work is in addition to other plans to help the private sector grow and create jobs, including accelerating public infrastructure projects into 2011 and 2012, continuing to support development in defined Target Areas, and encouraging the growth of green businesses, among other things, the Mayor said.

“2010 was about positioning for economic recovery; 2011 is about pursuing the recovery with vigor and enthusiasm,” Mayor Verner said.

The seven actions include:

  1. Implementing a program to help businesses survive construction projects. This program will be called “Open for Business.”
  2. Developing a checklist for permitting processes, including expected timelines and cost.
  3. Improving the Small Business Communication Network, a forum for small business owners to connect with the City and make recommendations for changes.
  4. Implementing improvements to the Change of Use process, which is required when a location is being used for a different business use.
  5. Adopting new performance measurement tools for permit processes.
  6. Improving on-line access for business licenses and permits.
  7. Forming a public/private entrepreneurs’ coalition.

For more information on the program, please visit the Business and Development Services Department website. The Seven in Eleven program description and flyer are also available for download.

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