With a new business concierge in the heart of downtown, MEDCO hopes to cultivate economic growth. The not-for-profit organization has teamed up with the city’s economic development department and the MidState Chamber of Commerce to launch the multi-purpose space on the ground floor of 5 Colony St..
Business consultant Dave Cooley, who serves as an alternate on the city’s Planning Commission, will staff the storefront.
”The idea is to help business owners find what resources are available,” Cooley said. “It’s new entrepreneurs coming in that need help with business best practices, marketing and sales. I can help with just customer service for downtown.”
Like the downtown business landscape, MEDCO’s office is also still a blank slate. With little more than desks and chairs donated from a former hotel, the office was just starting to take shape Thursday as Cooley and landlord Ross Gulino moved a large file cabinet out of the main entranceway. Cooley hopes to add some historic photos of the city to liven the storefront.
City Economic Development Director Juliet Burdelski said the concierge was modeled after similar offerings in Danbury, Middletown and Waterbury.
The MEDCO office will be able to connect business with a variety of programs, including the Small Business Development Center and the Meriden Match grant, Burdelski said.
The MidState Chamber of Commerce will be hosting programming and events at the space.
“There’s a million square feet of commercial (space) in downtown Meriden, so the ultimate goal would be to fill it out,” Moore said. “It’s got to start with one transaction, one project at a time.”
Those interested in learning more about the business concierge should contact Cooley at firstname.lastname@example.org.