On Monday June 17, Next Street wrapped up the first phase of the City of Columbus small business ecosystem assessment. This is a six-month project to better understand the state of small business in Columbus. Our findings will provide a starting point for the City to define its role in supporting business owners. Mayor Andrew Ginther and the City of Columbus want to leverage small business to create more economic opportunity.
In concert with the City of Columbus, Next Street embarked on a comprehensive engagement process with various stakeholder. To identify gaps in the Columbus small business ecosystem, we will review and evaluate services and programs offered by the City and others. The findings from the Columbus small business ecosystem assessment will help develop a policy and budget framework and inform a small business agenda.
In a recent episode of Columbus Television’s City Chat, Next Street’s Stephen Nunes joined Henry Golatt from the city’s Office of Small Business & Entrepreneur Development. The two talked about the takeaways from the first phase of the ecosystem assessment. Nunes and Mr. Golatt also spoke to how they will partner to turn the research into an action plan.