JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown, alongside the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, and others, are hosting an entrepreneurship program, to help provide resources for local businesses.
Principle Planner for the City of Jamestown Ellen Shadle tells us that tonight’s event is the culmination of a program the city has been working on with the National League of Cities.
“Our partnership with NLC and Sourcelink was what we call resource mapping,“ explained Shadle. “And that is more or less taking inventory of the resources that we have for our entrepreneurs, our small business owners, but even beyond that for ventures of any scale, any scope, any stage of their business.”
The end goal is to help all businesses, no matter how small.
“So there’s going to be resource providers that specialize in funding, financing, business plans, so certainly the fiscal aspects of running a business,” stated Shadle. “But also marketing and sales in terms of how to connect your business to customers and clients.”
Jamestown’s Community Chamber Coordinator Carrie Swanson is among those lending a hand.
“It’s just an excellent networking event to get to know your neighbors and get to know who you can count on,” says Swanson
In the end, officials double down that all businesses can take advantage of the free event, no matter their experience level.
“I think there is a lot in launching a business, that you don’t know that you don’t know,” explained Shadle. “Sometimes you don’t even know that you have questions about something, until you find an area of launching a business.”
Those looking to learn more can visit the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce office in Downtown Jamestown from 4 to 6 p.m. tonight.