The Launch Gloucester program to help small businesses was a success, coordinator Jenny Crittenden said, thanks to a lot of hard work by many people.
From more than 40 applicants interested in starting or expanding a business in Gloucester, a team of judges narrowed the field to 18 for an intensive training program. Crittenden, who is executive director of the Main Street Preservation Trust, said 10 of the applicants completed the eight-week course.
The Main Street Preservation Trust oversaw the local program with the Gloucester Main Street Association, after Gloucester was selected for a new state economic development grant along with Hopewell and Staunton. The local program received significant support from the Gloucester Economic Development Authority and a number of local business owners from varied fields who served as mentors during the training program.
From the applicants, who faced another panel of judges for in-person sales pitches, the top prizes were awarded.
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