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A businesses’ ability to succeed demands 3 principle things.
1. Faith – you have to believe in your business.
2. Industry knowledge – You have to have some basic knowledge of the business you are starting.
3. Business Acumen – you have to know how to manage the “business” aspect of things. From taxes to inventory; from customer service to marketing plans.
A business owner without these three is more likely to fail in the first 3-5 years. My primary goal is to help you fill the gaps between these three – primarily #3.
As Mayor, I will do all I can to work with organizations in our community to help equip the business leader for success. Webinars, Conferences, Trainings on everything from developing a business plan to maintaining the “books” properly.
As a veteran owned business, you have made the decision to continue to serve by providing a service to our community.
As a veteran, I believe that honor does not stop after the battlefield. Our community reaps from the service provided by our soldiers – freedom and free enterprise.
As Mayor, I will advocate to provide all verified veteran-owned businesses (who own and operate more than 75% of the business and are up to date on their business license fees), a discount to business license fees. Any small business owned by a Disabled Veteran with more than 60% service disability rate, a larger discount, because their sacrifice should be honored with our town’s small sacrifice. Any top 5 military award (Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross (Branch and Flying), Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart) recipient should be honored even more.
Lyman has a legacy of enterprise. The founders of this town were entrepreneurs. This same spirit should be a catalyst for new businesses in our town. Our town municipality should become investors into the potential of future businesses.
As Mayor, I will work toward a development plan which would include a strategic partnership with Spark SC. for the old mill location that would include an area for shared business space. A location where small businesses can not only live together, but collaborate.
Just like businesses can glean from each other for growth – we can glean from our neighboring towns and how they have been successful.
We could collaborate with surrounding towns and their chamber of commerce(s). The goal would be to develop our own Tri-Town Chamber. (tri-town = Duncan, Lyman, Wellford)
As Mayor I will do everything possible to meet and talk with other local chambers to see how Lyman could be included. As we develop and grow then I will advocate to establish the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce.
Lets get right to the promise on this one:
As your Mayor I will commit to a quarterly gatherings with you – our local business owners – to hear your concerns and exchange feedback. The goal is to collaborate and help you succeed!