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St. Petersburg, chamber of commerce offer small-business support

ST. PETERSBURG — The city is offering a new online guide, and the chamber of commerce will soon market a "lifeline" for small businesses.

It's the time of year when both organizations begin to roll out changes to their programs. And making sure business owners know that there's help is key.

Mayor Bill Foster announced the city's simple online guide Wednesday. In a series of topic-based PDF files, it lists more than 150 links to city, state and federal resources. Visitors can also download the 12-section guide to their computers.

Meanwhile, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce plans a "Life Line for Business" phone number staffed by a business assistant specialist who can guide struggling business owners.

"We've been observing that when times get tough, it's even more challenging for the smaller businesses, and we need to be there to help them," said chamber president John Long.

More than 90 percent of the chamber's 2,600-plus members are small businesses.

The chamber also plans Saturday morning sessions with volunteer legal and financial help, which could start as early as March.

Becky Bowers can be reached at (727) 893-8859 or bbowers@sptimes.com.

Fast facts

On the Web

• Find the city's reference guide for small businesses at

stpetesbr.org.

• St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Web site is stpete.com.

St. Petersburg, chamber of commerce offer small-business support 01/23/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 4:41pm]
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