On a political level, I'd like to see local municipalities and the state itself come up with innovative ways to offer greater incentives to budding entrepreneurs and existing small businesses. These incentives could include tax benefits and creative support mechanisms to help them scale and grow. I believe we should approach supporting small businesses with the same enthusiasm and commitment that we do when recruiting larger corporations.
While I am grateful for the contributions of companies like BMW, I also want to ensure that our smaller businesses receive equal consideration. Their success is vital for stabilizing our communities economically, regardless of their makeup. What's often overlooked is the immense inspiration they provide, helping us continually adapt and develop our communities. This is what I hope to see more of in our efforts.
The encouraging aspect is that we're now starting to have these conversations, and that's a positive step in the right direction.
What do you want your company to look like a year from now – from the market, your product or service, your team or people, the culture, or revenue – describe how you would like things to look a year or two from now. What have you put in place – or going to put in place – to make that a reality?
In the coming year, my commitment remains steadfast in collaborating with our local chambers. I intend to continue serving as a facilitator, and I'm looking to expand the team with additional facilitators. One particular area of focus is to leverage my experience in the political arena. I plan to offer consultation services to municipalities and surrounding states in the Southeast, emphasizing ways to support their small business communities.
The goal is to highlight the essential role small businesses already play and underscore how much they depend on them. I aim to assist in crafting ordinances, policies, and tax incentives that will empower these small businesses to grow and, in turn, provide employment opportunities for our citizens.