Business Alliance asks Haltom City to measure economic development efforts
HALTOM CITY, TX, February 22, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Haltom United Business Alliance is recommending that the city conduct a once- per-year small business census. This census would be performed on the same calendar day each year.
The purpose of the census would be to ascertain an exact number and types of businesses in the city, which would inform the city and economic development stakeholders how many businesses had left during the previous twelve months. This census would also be a measure of the success of efforts to attract and keep small businesses.
“If we could help the city get one new small business a week to start here by pairing the owner with a HUBA member who has negotiated the permitting process and use issues, we would have 250 more businesses in five years,” said HUBA Founder Ron Sturgeon, a local serial entrepreneur who started his first business in Haltom City approximately 50 years ago and still employs 15 in the city.
One of the recommendations a consultant made in a research report HUBA gave to the city was that the city track inquiries from people wanting to start a new business in Haltom City or to relocate an existing one to Haltom City.
HUBA made a public information request of Haltom City and received a reply that indicated that the city does not gather any information about people who inquire about starting, expanding, or relocating a business to Haltom City, said Palmer.
Haltom United Business Alliance (HUBA) is a group of local small business owners who would like to see more small business start in Haltom City and more existing small business choose to expand or relocate to the city.
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