The City of Menlo Park is organizing a new quarterly forum for small business owners and representatives aimed at identifying key challenges.
- Lauren Hepler
- Economic Development Reporter- Silicon Valley Business Journal
With eight-figure startup funding rounds dominating the Silicon Valley news cycle and massive corporate office projects commanding limited city resources, it’s easy for small businesses in the region to feel overlooked.
In an effort to avoid that tension, the Peninsula city of Menlo Park — best known for its Sand Hill Road venture capital brigade and as the home of Facebook Inc. — is organizing a new quarterly forum for small businesses. Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller and the city’s Office of Economic Development will host an inaugural Small Business Round Table on April 21 at 6 p.m. inside City Hall.
As I previously reported, Menlo Park finds itself at a moment of generational change. The mostly suburban city is competing for tech talent with amenity-rich urban areas in nearby downtown Palo Alto and San Francisco.
The city has looked to diversify its offerings by bolstering downtown retail shops and seeking newer dining options. But a recent ballot initiative that primarily targets new office projects also serves as a reminder that increased development comes with it familiar concerns about traffic and other quality of life issues.
“I want the Small Business Round table to be an opportunity for small business owners to express to the city what challenges they are facing, where they need help and what opportunities they believe exist,” Mueller said in a statement. “I look forward to exploring new ways the city can work collaboratively with our small business owners.”
Lauren Hepler is the economic development reporter at the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
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