Please join us for Davidson Connections this Thursday, Nov. 3 at 9:00 a.m. at Millstone Bake House & Provisions located at 208 S. Main Street. Davidson Connections is a monthly networking meeting for Davidson businesses, home-based businesses, non-profits and interested citizens.

Dear Small Business Owners and Aspiring Entrepreneurs:

The Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development is undertaking a county-wide evaluation of the local small business environment in order to develop County-sponsored programs and policies that help small businesses get launched, grow and thrive.
A key element of this evaluation includes receiving input from community stakeholders, small business owners, and small business support organizations. As a part of this effort, the Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development has created this online survey to small business owners and the organizations that serve them.

The County has retained Thomas P. Miller & Associates (TPMA) to conduct the study and survey. Because TPMA is administering this survey, all responses will be held confidential and reported in aggregate to the County without attribution to respondents.

Please access the online survey here:

Survey questions will revolve around:
• The strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in services provided to small business owners;
• Unique assets that attract entrepreneurs;
• Community support services and resources; and
• The entrepreneurial culture of Mecklenburg County
This evaluation builds on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners’ 2014 Strategic Framework, which identified the improvement of small business support and development as one of its five key policy areas. The findings and insights that result from this survey will help inform that report and guide recommendations for the future to better serve small business owners on a countywide level.

If you have any questions about the survey, please email Claire Linnemeier from Thomas P. Miller & Associates (TPMA) at

Your input is crucial to the County being responsive to the needs of small businesses and informing how the County can build programs that are effective in supporting your efforts in the local economy.

Thank you for your time and interest in this important project.

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