Press Release

Lake County Economic Development Corporation Enlists Downtown Strategies as Small Business Support Partner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT: Caroline Hannum
Retail Strategies
caroline@retailstrategies.com

BIRMINGHAM, AL (May 4, 2021) – Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, has partnered with the Lake County Economic Development Corporation (Lake EDC) to help expand Lake County, California’s business retention programs. The partnership will provide unique training and technical assistance, job retention services, and individual coaching sessions directly to small business owners. Lake EDC is utilizing USDA grants to provide small business support to business owners.

“Lake EDC has a fundamental belief in securing and supporting our small businesses through retention, creation, and expansion. Our partnership with Downtown Strategies fulfills these initiatives by providing our community with direct, private consulting and small business support. We feel hopeful that through this direct approach and partnership, Lake County’s small businesses will flourish.”

Nicole Flora, Economic Recovery Coordinator, Lake County EDC

“Lake EDC has a fundamental belief in securing and supporting our small businesses through retention, creation, and expansion,” said Nicole Flora, Economic Recovery Coordinator at Lake EDC. “Our partnership with Downtown Strategies fulfills these initiatives by providing our community with direct, private consulting and small business support. We feel hopeful that through this direct approach and partnership, Lake County’s small businesses will flourish.”

“Our team has created practical training, tutorials, and unique opportunities for sharing and collaboration for communities to provide directly to their local businesses,” said Jenn Gregory, President of Downtown Strategies. “Our partnership with Lake EDC will be fixated around unique technical assistance, ongoing training through customized deliverables, and one-on-one coaching with local business owners. Our team is looking forward to the partnership and providing further assistance to Lake County.”

This partnership includes quarterly live train sessions, customized support, and one-on-one coaching for businesses most in need of technical assistance. Sessions focus on business modernization, omnichannel retailing, and seasonal opportunities for business growth and development.  Quarterly reporting will be provided to the Lake EDC that outlines the deliverables and impact provided to the community. 

“Retail Strategies, the parent company to Downtown Strategies, is excited to be working with Lake EDC to take a deeper look into the market and provide small business assistance,” said Matthew Tate, Director of West Coast Business Development for Retail Strategies. “The Lake EDC is taking the responsible approach to supplying their community with the tools for business retention and education. Our team believes this partnership will produce positive outcomes and economic growth on the heels of the pandemic.”

About Lake County Economic Development Corporation (Lake EDC)

The Lake EDC is a nonprofit corporation that is managed by a board of directors that represents the County, the Cities of Lakeport and Clearlake, and private sector interests. The corporation aims to help with business retention, expansion of business in Lake County, California by facilitating connections between resources and ideas. The Lake EDC is funded by public grants and private contributions. The overarching goal of the Corporation is to assist in promoting the growth and development of new and existing businesses located in Lake County.

To find out more about upcoming webinars and one-on-one services, contact Lake EDC at lakecountycaedc@gmail.com or 707-263-6217.

 

About Downtown Strategies

Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, specializes in downtown revitalization, placemaking, strategic visioning and planning, community engagement, and development for the purpose of enhanced economic vitality and social wellbeing for communities and their citizens.

About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in recruiting businesses and strategically developing communities. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality of life amenities. With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

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