August 2011

The Town of Lexington takes pride in being a 'business friendly" community. Our latest partnership was with Midlands Technical College and their FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ Program. Town Council was proud and honored to sponsor the inaugural class of local business owners, which graduated in Mid-July.

During ten weeks this summer, participants dedicated their time to learning specific topics that will help their businesses grow effectively and efficiently. Topics included accounting, operations, legal, marketing and social media.

Town Council hopes this initiative will help expand the graduates businesses and the Town certainly knows how to make owning or operating a business easier with our Business and Development Services Center.

The one-stop center, which opened in September 2010, is housed on the third floor at the Town's Municipal Complex and includes staff from Building Inspections, Business Licensing, Economic Development, Mapping, Zoning and members of the Police Department's Community Action Team (CAT).

The new centralized location has created a smoother process for current and potential business owners as well as staff who are now in close proximity, helping to address any need or concern.

In addition to the BDSC, the Town is now participating in a Local Vendor Preference Program. The Vendor List is to further encourage economic activity in the Town, the Central Midlands Region and throughout the state of South Carolina.

The expanded preference provides expanded credit limits for in-town and in-Lexington County businesses as well as new credit for businesses located in Newberry, Richland, Kershaw and Fairfield counties. The goal of the program is to promote the registry of local vendors to contractors proposing on town projects, keeping projects local and stimulating the economy.

Finally, the Town is always delighted to see businesses chose our community to call home. Since FY 2010, we have been honored to have 319 businesses open to serve our citizens.

We hope through our efforts with the FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ Program, BDSC and the Local Vendor Preference Program, that our business community will continue to grow for years to come!