Cyndi Hermocillo-Legg made use of to be a small business owner, and she remembers exactly what manya lot of them believeconsider a trip to their regional Town hall.
“There are businesses all throughout the nation that aren’t comfortable with city halls,” Hermocillo-Legg stated. “They’re believing this is going to involve licenses, authorizations and most likely money.”
Hermocillo-Legg, however, hopes she’s helping some Lawrence companycompany owner take a different view of Lawrence Municipal government. Considering that late 2013, Hermocillo-Legg has been serving as the city’s first little companysmall company facilitator. She’s stationed in the city’s planning and development services department, and she works to obtain included early with little businesses that are wanting to find or expand in Lawrence.
“Exactly what Cyndi is truly excellentproficient at is putting the technical terms and procedures we utilize into lay terms that truly make sense to a little business,” stated Scott McCullough, the city’s director of planning and development services.
Hermocillo-Legg stated her time as the owner of a licensed Sears dealer store has actually given her an excellent understanding of what companycompany owner carry their minds when they concern Municipal government.
“I can speak in terms of money circulation and timelines,” Hermocillo-Legg stated. “I keep in mind being on the opposite of the table.”
The type of aid Hermocillo-Legg can supply is differed. Commonly she assists businesses understand land use processes, such as rezoning or site plan approvals, needed before a business can open in a particular place. She likewise works often with businesses needing a building authorization to refurbish or expand their existing locations.
But during the early months of the position, Hermocillo-Legg also developed numerous basic resource guides for any business to make use of and put them on a new area of the city’s site. One guide is a 50-page document that offers items such as a company startup check list, a listing of area companies that provide grants and other assistance to little companies, a listing of companies resources available at the Lawrence Town library and several other functions.
She likewise has put together a small businessa small company building guide and has actually hosted several “lunch and discover” seminars on different subjects related to the development process in Lawrence.
Hermocillo-Legg said she’s increasingly investing more time one-on-one with companies. Over the past week and a half, she said, she’s begun 10 new case apply for companies in various phases of development.
She said that belongs of the job she particularly delights in. She spent 5 years as a vice president with the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce/GO Topeka financial development partnership. She stated she decided to switch gears and work for the city due to the fact that she believes helping create an effective regulatory procedure for businesses can have an excellent effect.
“Lawrence is ripe to continue to grow little to medium size companies,” Hermocillo-Legg said.
She said Kansas University’s presence, the city’s geographical area and numerous other aspects make it appealing to little companysmall company startups. She said the city, chamber and other business companiesbusiness now are committing more resources to helping those companies get off the ground.
“Half the fight is knowing exactly what is out there that can help you,” Hermocillo-Legg said. “I seem like we are helping develop a culture of entrepreneurship right here. That procedure cannot be special to the city or the chamber or to KU. It has to be everybody interacting to create the necessary parts.”
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