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Business Development Commission
February 25, 2010
Meeting Called to Order:
Next Meeting Date:
March 17 March 25,
Call to Order
Mayor Gerry Welch – Council Liaison
Steve Wylie – City Manager
Review & Approval of Minutes – February 4, 2010
A Motion was made by:
The Motion Seconded
Motion to approve as presented.
Planning for 2010
BDC reviewed the charge of the commission as given in ordinance 8552. It is to
provide a coordinate effort to advance the commercial and industrial sectors
about these included: #3 fostering commercial tax base is a byproduct of
others; #1 will be difficult under current economic conditions; #5 is a need
simple to follow steps for opening a business in the City.
identified the following issues and needs related to the BDC charge.
A need for
simple steps to follow for opening a business in the City
A need for
information regarding available commercial space in the City
A need to
increase marketing of businesses
are left to the Chamber of Commerce and often don’t occur
businesses owners need help in opening a business
landlords poses many problems
ombudsman exists to help businesses through regulations
businesses can be/are ignored with attention to retail businesses
following goals and actions were identified.
Goal: Provide all necessary information
about opening a business in Webster Groves in one document available on the web
as well as on paper.
Action: Roger Grow will compile this document with in coordination
with the BDC.
Goal: Use a survey instrument such as
Survey Monkey to identify key needs of businesses.
Action: To be discussed.
Goal: Create twice-yearly forums for
businesses to network and provide input about key business needs and issues
To be discussed; Rich and Downs will work on this.
Goal: Create a corps of retired business
persons to provide assistance to local businesses
To be discussed.
meetings to focus on:
Next Meeting (March 25)
NOTE: DUE TO SPRING BREAK, NEW MEETING DATE: WEDNESDAY,
Adjournment 5:19 p.m.