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Mesa city staff, Mesa chamber launch business retention and expansion program

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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014 6:30 am

The city of Mesa has partnered with the Mesa Chamber of Commerce to launch a program to benefit local businesses.

The Mesa Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program provides city staff an opportunity to meet with Mesa businesses in order to build relationships, gain a better understanding of business needs throughout the community, resolve business issues and assist companies that are considering expansion.

“Our businesses, large and small, are critical to the economic vitality of our community,” interim Mayor Alex Finter said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity for us to let the business community know we are listening and we care.”

The program is open to all business needs at no cost for businesses involved in the program. If businesses need assistance with marketing, making connections, building relationships, employment or anything pertaining to growth and success, the BRE Program will provide the necessary support. That applies to both local and corporate businesses in Mesa.

“I believe the most important part of the program is the opportunity to build relationships with some of the businesses that we don’t know as well as others,” said Sally Harrison, Mesa Chamber of Commerce president and CEO.

Andrew Clegg, project manager with the city’ Office of Economic Development (OED), along with other staff members, will participate in visits. Companies chosen for visits will come from business lists and referrals, as well as company requests.

“The city has now formalized the program and we are truly partnering in the visitation efforts,” Harrison said.

The city and the chamber have been working to complete the program for several years.

“For several years, the city and the chamber have informally and separately conducted business visits,” city of Mesa Economic Development Director William Jabjiniak said in a statement. “We recognize the synergies of uniting in this effort and are pleased to now be partnering with the chamber in a more formal and focused endeavor.”

Harrison said the program will be focusing on aerospace and medical device businesses first.

“I am excited that the chamber and city partner in this effort. It’s important for us to know the needs of the business community,” Harrison said. “We look forward to working with these businesses to improve, promote and protect what they already do.”

Companies interested in participating in the Mesa BRE Program can contact Clegg at andrew.clegg@mesaaz.gov or (480) 644-3961.

• Brittney Daigneau is a senior at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is an intern with the Tribune this semester. Reach her at tribintern@evtrib.com.

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