Page 30 - Scene Magazine 41-10 October 2016
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BCVISION UPDATE
by Kara Beer, President,
Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commeerce
BC Vision Small Business Action team works towards completion of the benchmarking study and small business strategy
John Banks, MotorShop Electrical Construction, BC Vision Small Business Action Team Co-Chair Kara Beer, Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce,
BC Vision Small Business Action Team Co-Chair
The BC Vision Small Business Ac- tion Team looks to strengthen the economic vitality of small business in Battle Creek. The BC Vision Small Business Action
Team is seeking to collaborate and partner with a diverse group of business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Battle Creek area. The team is continuously looking to expand into all demographics of our community to best represent the needs for a prosperous community for all.
In July the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce received a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to assist the Small Business Action Team with the hiring and management of the JumpStart contractor who will accomplish the groups much-needed benchmarking study. The Small Business Action Team and JumpStart are currently working towards completion of the benchmarking study and small business strategy. Over the course of the last several months the Small Business Action Team has held three committee meetings. Over the course of this time, JumpStart (selected vendor) has worked with the team to complete a data audit of current small business information collected through the BC Vision Process. They are currently in the process of collecting and analyzing additional small business data, and synthesizing the findings and reported to the Small Business Action Team on October 6.
Over the course of the data gathering process, JumpStart has met with various small businesses, entrepreneurs, community organizations, key stake- holders, and action team members. Through the primary and secondary
data gathering process, JumpStart and the Team are identifying baseline data, as well as gaps and opportunities for small business growth in Battle Creek. In addition to the baseline data, the team is also identifying pilot opportunities for implementation over the course of the next couple of months. These pilot opportunities will lead to a comprehensive small business strategy for the team.
The October 6 committee meeting delivered the summary of data findings, discussed the establishment of an operational charter, establishment of a business survey for deployment, and prioritization of action oriented pilot opportunities for implementation.
Below are the 18 deliverables for the benchmarking study that the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Action Team and JumpStart agreed upon. These 18 deliverables will be completed December 2016. In January 2017 a final report out will be delivered to the group.
1. Validated project plan (completed July 27)
2. Established alignment with Advisory Committee (completed July 27)
3. Establish project success criteria
(completed July 27)
4. Refined data framework (list and
sources)
5. Weekly project status meetings with
project coordinator (on-going)
6. Raw data collected (complete)
7. Preliminary community hypothesis
(complete)
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