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Mayors Discuss Ways to Help Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

By Tom McClimon
January 28, 2013

Mayors attending the meeting of the Small Business, Franchising and Entrepreneurship Task Force meeting heard of new efforts underway to assist small and minority businesses and budding entrepreneurs. The discussions were lead by the two co-chairs of the task force; Past Conference of Mayors President Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz and Kansas City (MO) Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James.

U.S. Minority Business Development Agency National Director David Hinson talked about his agency’s efforts to assist small businesses especially in the export area. Kautz explained to the mayors how she piloted a new program with the International Franchise Association “Meeting with Mayors” in which she brought regional mayors together to learn about ways cities can assist existing franchise businesses and new franchise businesses. International Franchise Association Director of Diversity Miriam Brewer spoke on IFA’s “Franchising Day” program that brings together a number of resources available to assist franchise businesses. Public Policy and Tax Counsel State Government Relations Director Dean Heyl shared with the mayors the latest information on how franchise businesses create jobs.

James gave a short presentation on ways the Kaufman Foundation might be able to assist mayors with programs in their communities to assist budding entrepreneurs.