Warren said 80 percent of new jobs created within a community come from existing businesses trying to expand. But Woods said recruiting new businesses or encouraging start-up businesses are also important to the total economic development picture.
“The next step is helping those businesses grow,” Woods said.
The businesses selected to participate in the project are primarily non-governmental, non-commercial entities with more than seven employees, and manufacturing, wholesale and regional in nature.
Woods added there’s no time frame for beta test completion. However, he said the four local partners plan a meeting with participating businesses to share results and discuss what to do with the information collected during the test.
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