Small business ownership is the cornerstone of our Columbus economy and a vital necessity for thriving, safe, and healthy communities in Columbus. Our neighborhoods with the highest rates of unemployment have the lowest rates of small business ownership. It is critical that residents have access to jobs and the necessary resources to survive in their own communities. Columbus residents should not have to leave their neighborhoods in order to work, see a doctor, or buy groceries. We must provide an environment in which small businesses will inevitably lead to a renaissance of our most depleted areas of Columbus.
- Provide tax incentives to small businesses for:
- Opening in underserved neighborhoods
- Hiring locally
- Providing jobs to returning citizens
- Create small business incubators such as Kiva Columbus on each side of town that would educate residents interested in opening a business in their neighborhoods and advise them on the necessary steps for creation, branding, funding, and legal paperwork.
Minority Owned Businesses
Successful minority-owned businesses are the key to economic freedom in our communities. Solutions to help current and future minority-owned businesses include:
- Improve access to and knowledge of City, State13, and Federal1415 grants available to minority owned businesses
- Increase use of social media marketing for programs offered by the city
- Host outreach events in accessible locations (community recreational centers, schools, and churches)
- Provide mentorship for first-time business owners
- Pair successful minority-owned businesses with new businesses owners
- Share institutional knowledge within our own community