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January 10, 2023
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Small Business Development Committee Virtual Meeting (Zoom), Tuesday, 01/10/2023, 9:00 AM

Tuesday, January 10, 2023


Small Business Development Committee (SBDC) Agenda

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

9:00 – 10:30 am 

via Zoom videoconference

Zoom Videoconference Info: Please click this URL to join: 

Contact Aaron Norris ([email protected]) if you have any issues registering or joining this meeting. 

9:00 am              Welcome and Chair’s remarks (Jenn Mason, Chair)

9:05 am              Approval of past meeting minutes:

  • January 4, 2023 Regulatory Subcommittee draft minutes
  • December 13, 2022 draft meeting minutes

9:10 am              Introductions and Overview of Goals for a new Five-Year ED-LT Work Plan

9:15 am              Brookline's Small Business Community Needs

  • What are the most important priorities for ensuring the success of Brookline’s small business community?
  • What is the Town’s role in supporting the success of Brookline’s small business community?

9:30 am              SBDC Mission

  • What have been successful SBDC-endorsed initiatives/efforts? Why?
  • Original goals/reasons for formation of SBDC? Are these relevant today? What is different?
  • What needs work or attention? Why?
  • Lessons learned from responding to COVID pandemic conditions?

9:50 am              The Future

  • What should be priorities moving forward?
  • What are the factors/elements needed for success?
  • What are barriers?

10:20 am            Open Discussion/Other Things to Know

10:25 am            Staff Updates

10:30 am            Conclude meeting

Additional References for this meeting:  

FY2019-FY2023 ED-LT Strategy & Work Plan Documents:

Additional Reference Documents:

Small Business Development Committee Mission

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.

All materials for this meeting can be found here.

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