White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson wants to get the word out that there is support in place for small businesses.
Robinson housed a meeting Monday with various agencies that provide help for new and existing businesses, including the Small Business Administration and The Biz Foundry in Cookeville.
“There’s all kinds of resources out there for your small businesses, your startup businesses, and entrepreneurs looking to go into business,” Robinson said. “We have got resources available for you. They’re there for you to use.”
Robinson said he organized the meeting not only for White County businesses, but for businesses throughout the Upper Cumberland.
“I brought them here because I go to these meetings and hear about these programs, grants, and low-interest loans,” Robinson said. “I hear about these in the meetings with the mayors. When I hear about some of this I think about how I’d love to get that information out to the community and get to people that can actually use it. So, that’s what we did here. This is actually the second one we’ve had.”
One of the more exciting benefits Robinson said he heard about was from Upper Cumberland Workforce Development.
“Workforce has a program that helps people overcome barrier to employment,” Robinson said. “Like maybe they need gas money to get to work. Or maybe they need a pair of work boots. Or maybe they need help with childcare. All those little problems that keep you from being able to work or keep your employees from being able to come to work. We have resources to help alleviate those problems.”