PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayoral candidate Daniel Bianchi will be hosting an open forum and listening session on small business to be held at the GE Athletic Association on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 5:30 p.m.
The forum is designed for members of the business community and the community at large to share ideas, concepts, and concerns relating to their business and the process of doing business in the city. Bianchi, a current city councilor, is soliciting comments and discussion that may help and improve Pittsfield's economic development. The session will provide an opportunity to discuss the issues facing many of Pittsfield's small businesses.
"Small businesses are the backbone of the city of Pittsfield. Individually, they may offer a few jobs, or 40 to 50 jobs, but collectively, hundreds of families rely on the successful operation of small businesses," said Bianchi.
"It is important that the city of Pittsfield be aware and responsive to the needs of small businesses, making it easier for them to operate and grow. We should be encouraging existing small businesses and helping to facilitate their growth as well as attracting new businesses."
"Existing small businesses in the community deserve an equal opportunity for local government support. Creating an equitable, supportive atmosphere for existing business can be the foundation for new business expansion."
Light refreshments will be provided. Members of the business community are encouraged to attend. For more information, call the campaign office at 413-442-2555 or Bianchi's home at 413-443-0180.
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