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Huntington: Be Small. Live Large.

The City of Huntington, in collaboration with several organizations, unveiled a new initiative in April 2014 that aims to create an environment where small businesses can succeed.

The goals of the long-term initiative, called “Huntington: Be Small. Live Large,” are to support existing businesses, promote local business and inspire entrepreneurs.

“My administration’s focus from day one has been to seek job growth in this community,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “This exciting initiative is a result of that ongoing effort. Helping our existing small businesses and creating opportunities for new startup companies and aspiring entrepreneurs are the core of any success we will have in moving Huntington forward.”

The initiative is a partnership between the city and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce; Unlimited Future, Inc.; Small Business Development Center; Create Huntington; Downtown Huntington Partners; and the Huntington Area Development Council. Representatives of these organizations began meeting in January to explore how they can collaborate to better serve small businesses.

To kick off the initiative, these organizations created a comprehensive monthly calendar that includes several events geared toward assisting small businesses. To view the calendar, click here.

“There are a number of resources available to small business owners in this community that can help create an entrepreneurial spirit here,” said Cathy Burns, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber advocates on behalf of businesses, provides vital, business-to-business networking to raise your profile and provides programming and events on current issues and topics.”

For more information about these business service agencies, check out the resources page.

Check for event updates and reminders on the city’s Facebook page and on Twitter @huntingtoncity