Business Navigator Program Launches

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Staff report

The city of Delray Beach’s Office of Economic Development has launched a new program geared toward helping new businesses.

The Business Navigator program is designed to help new and growing businesses understand who to contact and what to do when it comes to obtaining city licenses, permits, approvals, utilities, inspections and other required services from the city.

“We have more than 18 departments, divisions and offices who on any given day are assisting our new and local businesses,” Economic Development Director Joan Goodrich said. “At times, it can be overwhelming to know what’s needed and the next step in the process. OED, along with our city colleagues, will provide more clarity, guidance and advice on how to achieve a quicker, successful outcome so they can get back to running their business.”

Business Navigator is a direct response to feedback received from local small business owners, entrepreneurs and executives who explained that if they knew more about the right sequencing of city processes when they were opening or expanding, it would have helped them make better decisions.