Central to our mission here at the Chamber is ensuring the economic health and vitality of our region through maintaining a strong business climate that both attracts and welcomes new businesses to our region and helps our existing businesses grow.
Currently, I think our community, region, and state overall have several strong attributes and factors in place that provide us with a favorable climate for businesses. In fact, Manchester (and by extension Greater Manchester and state overall) has garnered national attention for our favorable business climate. The fourth annual United States Small Business Friendliness survey, held by Thumbtack.com, rated Manchester as one of the top cities in the US for startups and small businesses.
While these accolades are positive signs and great tools to market our community and region, it is critically important we not rest on our laurels. We must continue to work to improve our business climate. The Chamber has recently formed an economic development taskforce to study and analyze the barriers and opportunities for economic development in our region. The taskforce developed and distributed an online survey to collect your feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of our region’s business climate and will be using these results to craft recommendations that the Chamber and other stakeholders can pursue to strengthen our business climate.
What are some of the areas or issues being considered as part of this work? Energy costs, healthcare costs, ease of doing business (business regulations), business taxes, workforce availability, and quality of education are just a few examples of important areas the taskforce will be reviewing and considering what action steps or solutions exist to improve Manchester and the state’s position.
How would you grade our business climate? If you have ideas or challenges specific to your business or more broadly about the community, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so your feedback can be included in the research of the economic development taskforce. The taskforce plans to complete its work by January 2016 and will then share the results of its analysis and recommendations with Chamber members and the community. We look forward to sharing the results of this important work soon and making our community, region, and state an even better place for business!