October 24, 2014

How do you attract new businesses to a small community?

For small communities, the current trend seems to be moving away from attempting to attract businesses that employ hundreds of people, toward a more practical approach of attracting small businesses, with the goal of providing employment to 15 to 20 people.

Denise Bennett is the Macon County Missouri Economic Development Director.  Bennett also serves as president of the Northeast Missouri Development Partnership in Macon.

Bennett was the featured speaker at the Scotland County Rotary meeting yesterday (Tuesday January 24th).

Bennett says its important for a community to support local businesses and do what they can to keep local businesses in the area…Support existing companies, make sure they are healthy and happy in their current location, and to focus on entrepreneurs and young people.

Currently, Macon County has created a Young Professionals Network, there is an Entrepreneur’s Steering Committee, and currently officials are working towards a Business Incubator and Entrepreneur’s Center in Macon County.  For more information, you may contact Denise Bennett at maconed@cvalley.net, or call 660-385-5627.