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Support small businesses, too

$4 million to move Belk across town and drive another nail in the coffin of Madison Square Mall

$3 million for Cabela's

$8 million for Whole Food

$14.5 million for Remington

Small businesses employ 50% of the private workforce and create 97% of all exports. They make over half of all retail sales, and 65% of net new jobs come from small businesses.

If the city can spend millions on big businesses that often pay at or near minimum wage and send their profits out of town instead of reinvesting in our community, why does the city not provide strong support for new and expanding locally owned businesses? Piling millions of dollars on large businesses makes it even harder for small businesses to compete on price.

If Huntsville wants to be truly business friendly, they need to be friendly to ALL businesses. I'd like to see Huntsville commit to incentivizing small businesses proportionate to the freebies they hand out to big businesses.

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Submitted by 1 year ago

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  1. cheers to this!! as a small business owner, i would love to come up with some way to work with the city to help promote ourselves and do something great for our community! :)

    1 year ago
  2. I agree that all businesses should be supported by government, regardless of the government jurisdiction size. However, when a large business makes the news, it is simply because a larger dollar amount is involved. Smaller ones that get good support don't make the news, alas.

    1 year ago
  3. Here is an example of city supporting small (locally owned) business in the news recently.

    http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2015/03/torch_technologies_in_huntsvil_2.html

    Then there are the efforts with the downtown entertainment districts and the food trucks that resulted (all individually owned and operated).

    The city is supporting small business in ways other than handing out money. It's just as attention grabbing because it's not $8mill.

    How, specifically, do you think the city should give more support?

    5 months ago

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