The City of Coral Springs recently undertook a comprehensive initiative to support local businesses and help them address challenges within the current economic environment. At a workshop held today, tools and resources targeted to the business community’s needs were presented to the City Commission.
The list of business needs and support resources in development are based on data from an April 2008 survey of area business owners conducted by the Center for Research and Public Policy, an independent organization that conducts research with highly accurate results. The survey was an initial step in the broader initiative to involve numerous organizations in aiding local business efforts, with the goal of providing training on best practices for improving bottom line performance and customer satisfaction. The business initiative was implemented in concert with Enterprise Coral Springs, the City’s private, non-profit agent for economic development.
The Commission heard the business needs assessment along with the plans to support the City’s business community. Offerings will include instruction in business planning, marketing, workforce training and education, obtaining financing, customer service training, networking, and creating strategic alliances. Support services will be offered by a team of academic and business organizations, including Broward Community College, the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce, NSU – Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Barry University Continuing Education, the Florida Sterling Council, Score, and the Small Business Administration.
The timing to operationalize these support methods for business owners is immediate. While the business satisfaction survey indicated that the business community grants the City a 97 percent customer service rating, “we’re not content to rest on our laurels,” said City Manager Michael S. Levinson. “We are a community of excellence that aspires to take business services to the next level.”
For further information or to provide input regarding your business’ particular needs, please contact Paul Cawley, executive director of the Coral Springs Economic Development Foundation, or Project Manager Robin O’Donnell at 954-796-9922.