Small Businesses & ENTREPRENEURS
The WCC Lowell partners have worked to create a city-wide ecosystem that supports ALL small business owners and entrepreneurs. By bringing together all of the partners/ stakeholders, we can strengthen a system to support the diversity of our city, specifically cultural and business-type diversity.
Acre Business outreach
Small family businesses are a staple in the neighborhood. There are 132 small businesses in the Acre with several that have been in business for more than 100 years. We connect Acre business owners to the resources in the city for small business/entrepreneurship, including technical assistance, grants and local trusted lending opportunities.
Outreach Delivery is a strategy that we use to reach residents and business owners who are unable to come to events or meetings. Business owners have challenging schedules, so bringing services to the neighborhood businesses is part of our outreach strategy. We will be conducting a survey this spring to learn more about the neighborhood’s businesses and their needs.
Our focus on the Acre neighborhood is an equitable practice for improving economic opportunities for residents and businesses in the neighborhood. JDCU has created a small business loan program dedicated to Acre entrepreneurs and small businesses.