Are you a Lake City Business Owner interested in joining Build Lake City Together?
Create a vibrant and attractive business district where a mix of businesses can be incubated and small independent business owners can flourish. Our approach will include property and business owners and will be transparent.
Elements include business attraction/retention, retail and small business growth, park activation, and business development. Guide action through market research, real estate and business inventories, catalytic development opportunities, and business education.
The Business Development Committee will align its principles with the BLCT Strategic Plan to:
Unique local businesses are the strength of the business district. We will:
Business Support and Retention: existing merchants create a district’s character and identity and provide important goods and services to residents. Working to support and strengthen these businesses to help them stay and thrive in the neighborhood can lead to expansion of available goods and services as well as job growth. Many existing programs help merchants find technical business assistance such as marketing, accounting or merchandising support, and/or assist in finding loans for stabilization or expansion.
Current Market: provide the necessary data and analysis to learn about demographic and spending power of the neighborhood. These tools will help existing business better market their services or meet existing demand, and provide the foundation for strategies to attract new businesses.
Business Attraction: activities to promote the district to realtors, brokers or business owners with brochures or other materials. Possibly identify specific retailers that could contribute most to the district and reach out to them. Other revitalization programs act like a commercial broker and market specific vacant properties.
The NS Chamber appears to be continuing under new leadership. Lake City working through the “Build Lake City Together” (BLCT) action plan will continue to work to address the needs and issues or our businesses in our community. The goal is to provide elements that we have heard are important to small businesses here in our community. By providing networking opportunities, business promotion programs, beautification and activation efforts along the business corridor, information and opportunities to engage with community we hope that businesses in Lake City will see value in the collective efforts of BLCT and want to be involved.
In 2018, SalmonFest became “Lake City Summer Festival” . The revitalized effort was a great success largely due to the hard work and dedication of Lake City Future First (World Stage/Salmon Bake/Kids Area) and that of Bob Greenspun. Currently we are not aware of plans for 2019 but be sure that whatever happens we will be posting and promoting efforts here on Enjoylakecity.org.