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Advocating for New Entrepreneurs by Utilizing Local Resources

November 4, 2020


Wednesday, November 4th at 8:30AM

Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc. (MMSC), will host Mornings on Main on November 4th at 8:30AM and will discuss business recruitment related to supporting new entrepreneurs that have been effected by the current economy. How do we support those efforts from a cultivation standpoint? Jim Thompson will present business incubation, microbusiness efforts, business plan development, and working with property owners and the city.  

Jim Thompson currently serves as a Downtown Economic Development Specialist for Main Street Iowa. In this position, he covers all areas of development for downtowns & Main Street districts. He has served in all aspects at the local level including program director, board member, and volunteer. Jim earned his Certified Main Street Managers (CMSM) credentials through the Certification in Professional Main Street Downtown Management Institute at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He engages communities in market analysis including data analysis, business retention, recruitment, and implementation strategies. He has also led efforts in tax increment finance, housing & real estate development, branding and one-on-one business technical assistance for Iowa’s communities. He has over 25 years’ experience in community development, retail management as well as having served on the City Council for 10 years. Jim has also served as a consultant for the National Main Street Center, worked in several states on Resource Teams and special projects, and has presented multiple times at the National Main Street Conference.

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