What can your local government do to help you start, grow or sustain your business?

“There is a great deal of discussion currently about small businesses being the backbone of this country.

An open line of communication between the two parties is critical for success, not only for the business but for the community in which it serves. My husband and I are new to owning and operating a local business but we both grew up in small towns where it was a given that you support local and the elected officials helped ensure they were around for years to come. Whether it’s helping with advertising, supporting events, inclusion of various decisions that might affect the business or even just stopping in to see how things are going, it makes for good business sense.”

– Danielle Frye, owner/lead zookeeper, Shoe Zoo, Davidson

“I would like to challenge the local government to create opportunities that provide mental health organizations with a

more supportive culture that allows providers to educate the community on alternative treatments to mental disorders, implement strategies that provide long-term support for new treatment options and create opportunities that align traditional service providers such as educational institutions with non-traditional mental health providers and give access to grant opportunities to develop new technology and innovation in the mental health field.”

– Tracy Alston, Neurotherapist/Owner,

New Mentality PC, Mooresville

“Local government must adopt a culture of economic inclusion and development for all businesses, from business incubators to helping to soften the market for investors looking to find and support various ventures. Through connections with regional and national governments, become a conduit for area businesses needing services. Local governments must lure minority- owned businesses to this area, facilitate connections with all businesses and establish a formal process for local governments to provide opportunities to bid on construction, professional services and entertainment contracts.”

– Renae Sanders,

KRS Consulting, Cornelius