The Town of Millville will hold its bi-annual Businessperson’s Breakfast on Thursday, May 10, at 8 a.m. at town hall.
“It was developed to get all of our business owners together to talk about their concerns with the town, about tourism,” explained Millville Town Manager Debbie Botchie, “how we can help promote their business and others.”
The meeting, which will include a complimentary breakfast buffet for those who attend, is for any business owners or business managers within the town to come together and meet with town officials.
“I think it’s very important. They always seem to hear from the local residents in the towns, so I think sometimes the businesses get lost in the mix a little bit,” Carrie Subity, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a great way to keep the line of communication open between the businesses and Town and that way, if there’s a subject or a question that comes up, that communication line is already open. They’ll feel more comfortable knowing that they can go and that the Town is on their side and they’ll feel more comfortable.”
Subity will be speaking at the meeting about the purpose of the Chamber and its upcoming events, as well as other information pertinent to local business owners.
“One of our goals this year is to expand our business forums and committees within each town that we serve,” she said. “The things that I’ll be going over are any updates that would affect the local business community that I know of, like roadway projects and things like that.”
Botchie said that the Town holds two business breakfasts each year, one before the summer season and one after, to see how the Town can help businesses promote themselves.
“We started the Great Pumpkin Festival. Now we’re starting the Farmers’ Market as another community affair. It’s not a money-making project for the Town. Hopefully, the individuals who come here for the Farmers’ Market may stop here and go to lunch here or go to our grocery stores and our gift shops. Get them into the town of Millville and then they can see what the town of Millville has to offer.”
Botchie will speak at the meeting regarding property taxes, licenses and gross rental receipts taxes, and Kami Banks, director of development and marketing for the Town will discuss public safety.
Botchie added that the Town hopes that, by reaching out to its nearly 100 businesses, they can work together to help grow the town.
“We’re hoping that the businesses can help each other out by working together with the Town,” she said.
For more information, call Millville town hall at (302) 539-0449.