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At the March 1st Monte Vista City Council meeting, the Council agreed to hire an economic development consultant. This was another step in the Council’s efforts to move forward on a business revitalization program for the community.
Ron Douglas, an entrepreneur who had moved to the Valley last year provided a “Small Business Coaching Proposal” to the Council. The proposal includes small business coaching for any existing businesses in Monte Vista as well as start-up businesses. In addition, the proposal provides for “Business Headhunting” services designed to bring new businesses to Monte.
The business coaching opportunities include online services at http://LocalBusinessAssist.com, a service which will go live on March 7th, 2018. Businesses will be able to access online curriculums, participate in real-time online chat assistance, participate in a community forum and view business related webinars. Business will also be able to obtain specific personal coaching as requested.
Douglas has already begun the headhunting services, reaching out to a number of companies across the U.S. Douglas has been featured in the Discovery Channel’s “Blue Collar Backers” television show, and brought a film crew to Monte Vista to film a pilot for a potential future show.
The services provided to local businesses will be provided at no-cost to those businesses. The Council agreed to fund the proposal for the next six months and hopes that it will be a boon to both existing local businesses and will spark additional interest in the community. A complete copy of the Small Business Coaching Proposal can be found on the City’s website. A complete copy of the Small Business Coaching Proposal can be found here,