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Mills, Jacobs partner with Chamber for small business forum

The Springville Country club will be the host site for the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce's small business forum.
John Mills
Chris Jacobs
SPRINGVILLE—Local small business owners will have a unique opportunity on Wednesday, Sept. 10 to interact with some of Erie County’s elected officials over the state and importance of the Erie County’s small business.
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“Small businesses are vital to the economy in Erie County and we need to work together to assist them and improve the climate in which they operate,” said Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, who will be in attendance.

Along with Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills, Jacobs is partnering with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce to host a free small business forum from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Springville Country Club. The forum will allow for business owners to meet and speak with Mills, Jacobs and other elected officials who have experience in starting and growing their own small businesses.

“I have been a business owner for nearly 40 years and during that time I have learned a lot about the challenges that entrepreneurs face. In addition to operating a local business, I am honored to serve as county legislator, and have gained a unique perspective into how public and private entities can collaborate for the greater good of our community. This forum will provide business owners with the information they need to succeed,” Mills said. [photo2]

More importantly to Jacobs, business owners will have the opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns on operating a small business in Erie County. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to talk in a comfortable setting with small business owners.

“To listen to them talk about what it’s like trying to success in the private sector of Western New York, and if there is anything government can do to facilitate them being more successful,” said Jacobs. “The county clerk’s office is the first place people go to when they are interested in starting a business, and I’m interested in finding ways that we can help those start-ups get going on the right path.”

The forum will feature a roundtable discussion; a format that will allow for open-ended topic discussion. According to Jacobs, the loose format will make the forum valuable to both established small business owners and those who are interested in starting their own business. “We want to see people who already started a business but want to move to the next level, and those who may have just started or thinking about starting a business. This is not a prescribed format; the discussion can go where it needs to go in terms of helping these individuals. I’m very excited for the somewhat fluid structure of the event,” said Jacobs.

The Sept. 10 forum will begin with a light breakfast and refreshments at 7:30 a.m., followed by the forum.

Space for the event is limited and attendees are asked to register with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 592-4746.




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