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Gloucester’s business development program well used in 2016

A program designed to help small business owners develop and revise their business plans, and related services, was well used during 2016, according to Linda Evans, Gloucester County’s economic development coordinator.

Evans said that consultant Jim Carroll, executive director of the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center in Norfolk, recorded a total of 70 client visits here in the past year.

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors has appropriated $5,000 each year since 2012 to provide business aid. Evans said the program has grown from a few businesses taking part in the early months to Carroll’s regular monthly visits to Gloucester with a full slate of six businesses.

In all, Carroll has had about 200 client visits since the program started here, Evans said.

The program is set up to offer private and confidential business planning, financial analysis and management consulting on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Gloucester Library, Evans said. Many...

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