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Posted on: March 5, 2018

Council Approves Small Business Coaching Program

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,

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