Small Business Development Committee
The Small Business Development Committee will study and recommend methods (including funding requests and sources) to the Select Board to incubate, launch, recruit, and sustain small businesses in Brookline. Special attention will be paid to minority, women, veteran, service-disabled veteran, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and disability-owned businesses.
The committee will explore potential solutions to rising rents, regulatory restrictions, parking access, commercial displacement, and other headwinds facing small businesses.
The committee will consider the viability and recommend potential tools including business improvement districts, small business incubators, pop-up shops, co-working spaces, parklets, outdoor seating, galleries, public markets, and other options, as well as the role of the arts and special events in contributing to thriving businesses and communities.
The committee shall have no more than 15 members appointed to staggered 3-year terms and shall include residents, a representative of the Chamber of Commerce and/or local business associations, small business owners, commercial property owners, and members with expertise in public art programming and small business assistance. The Committee will be staffed by the Economic Development & Long-Term Planning Division.
The Small Business Development Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 9-10:30am unless otherwise noted:
- January 10, 2023
- February 14, 2023
- March 14, 2023
- April 11, 2023
- May 9, 2023
- June 13, 2023
- July 11, 2023
- August 8, 2023
- September 12, 2023
- October 10, 2023
- November 14, 2023
- December 12, 2023
|Subcommittee Focus Area||Subcommittee Members||Upcoming Meetings
[See Town Calendar for Meeting Details]
Jenn Mason, Chair
|The SBDC Regulatory Subcommittee meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 9-9:30am unless otherwise noted.|
Small Business Development Committee members will be sharing any important reference materials (reports, articles, etc.) that they come across in their exploration of issues and challenges facing Brookline’s small business community, as well as potential tools and solutions to address those problems, here:
- Town of Brookline Documents:
- Town of Brookline Programs and Resources:
- Documents from other municipalities: