As the year comes to a close, I look back at what we have accomplished over the last 365 days and a couple of things stick out to me that mark 2015 as the year of entrepreneurial success. It has always been a goal of mine to foster young businesses in the community and this year, we did just that.
At the beginning of the year, the City of Fallon introduced the Young Entrepreneurs Collective (YEC), which continues to band entrepreneurs together, benefiting both the economic community and each other. This was the first step forward fostering our rural community as an entrepreneurial hub in 2015.
In March, we took it a step further when the City of Fallon funded the Co-Working Space that works with the YEC to support small business within the community. We were able to remodel the second floor of the Old Post Office to create an inviting, functional space in a historic, motivating atmosphere. Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs alike now have 24-hour access to free color printing, computers, an entrepreneurial library — all the necessary amenities needed to support growing businesses and help them succeed.
In the summer of 2015, we took another stride forward to help cultivate an entrepreneurial ecosystem here in the City of Fallon. The YEC held a networking mixer and a series of educational classes taught by Northern Nevada business and marketing professionals that aimed to help rural entrepreneurs, or those thinking about starting a business, become more successful in areas that included: social media, e-mail marketing, website development, writing press releases and networking. These classes were very successful; we had more than 30 participants and great feedback. The success was so large that we have continued monthly classes and have held duplicate lessons on request. It is certainly something that we will continue in the New Year.
Lastly, as we close out a year of great entrepreneurial success, I will highlight one final initiative that brings me great pride. We kicked off the third annual Live Local Fallon initiative that encourages and rewards Fallon residents to shop, eat and attend local events and rewards a winner with a prize every month. This program helps local restaurants and stores thrive. In our third year of the initiative, we have seen our residents support these local businesses and spend money that stays in the community, benefitting us all. We look forward to giving away the grand prize of a Sandstorm T250 SLC toy hauler trailer, purchased at J&L Trailer Sales, in the summer of 2016 to a lucky Live Local Fallon participant.
I encourage all of us to remember in the coming year that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Our continuously strengthened community standing together toward the future will light the way to success.
Wishing you a very happy New Year,
Ken Tedford, Mayor, City of Fallon