The Small Business Advocate will focus on educating the business community about the permitting process so permits may be obtained in a timely manner. City staffer Brock Taylor, Economic Development Specialist has been promoted to fill the position.
“Brock is well-qualified, given his background in working with businesses in both the private and public sectors,” said City Manager Warren Price. “His extensive knowledge of the Dayton business community gained through his work in our Office of Economic Development is a valuable resource for local businesses.”
The idea for the position was generated through the Mayor’s Business Round Table meeting last year, where area business owners discussed ways to make the City more small business friendly. During that meeting, businesses asked that City officials provide some help to entrepreneurs who are struggling through the process of opening a business.
“Whether it’s a start-up, growing company or a “mom and pop” shop, this new position will act as a “personal concierge” to business owners,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. “We want entrepreneurs to spend more time investing in their business and less time navigating the permit process.”
Taylor has a Bachelor in Organizational Leadership from Wright State University and is working towards a Master in Public Administration. He is scheduled to begin his new role this month