Whether launching, expanding or funding their businesses, entrepreneurs in the Clearwater, Florida area will find coaching, training and collaboration resources with assistance from the newly formed Clearwater Business SPARK resource network, city officials recently revealed.
Comprised of experienced colleagues with the know-how to access funding and point startups in the right direction, the network’s sponsors include Clearwater’s Economic Development and Housing Department, Public Library System, and Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as Florida Small Business Development Center of Pinellas County and TAFFIE — Technical Arts Facility for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
“The creation of Clearwater Business SPARK begins a relationship between the city and its local partners that will ignite entrepreneurship and business development in greater Clearwater and enhance the city’s future and its business community,” Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos said.
The path to the organization’s creation was clarified by a 2014 study performed by the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., which performed a downtown redevelopment study and offered guidelines for implementing a viable business networking operation.
Clearwater Business SPARK aims to support local economic health through small business support and attracting new business. The network’s partners offer mentoring for all aspects of a business, whether a startup or an established operation with sights set on expansion, by offering education and research tools to site selection, administrative procedures, meeting and training tips, and guidance in global enterprise.