Sarcoxie Economic & Entrepreneurial Development (S.E.E.D) Board
A little over a year ago, civic leaders in Sarcoxie examined our local economy’s direction, determined that “stagnant” was not an acceptable goal, and turned the page to a different course. A group of business people, city leaders and educators came together and formed the Sarcoxie Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (S.E.E.D) board.
This board has been very aggressive in identifying needs in the city and surrounding area that can be addressed, and the board focused on solving those needs. It opened a line of communication with businesses, officials and entrepreneurs
We’ve all heard the term “shovel ready” which describes sites and projects for industries looking for locations to build and conduct business. We actually have those areas ready, or nearly ready.
But what about small business? What about entrepreneurs and home-based businesses that would like to expand, or learn how to market their products and services? The SEED board and the city can help with that, too. “Shingle ready” describes locations where small businesses can begin, with low cost infrastructure.
We are working towards becoming “shingle ready” in a couple of projects including driving towards a Business Incubator where entrepreneurs can have the basics (office space, internet, email, copier, etc.) as well as experienced business people who would serve as mentors to these folks.
We are linked to Missouri’s Small Business Development agencies, the USDA, Missouri Community Betterment and are a member of the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council. Our networks are readily accessible.
Now all of that “government” oversight is a wonderful thing to have as a resource, but we have links to private support as well.
The community has a sense of pride, also. We are all excited about what we have to offer, and what we are going to be as a community in the future.
If you have an idea, or a business plan buried in your private thoughts or want to learn more about relocating to Sarcoxie, just give me a call or shoot me an email. I’ll be glad to answer your questions or direct you to someone here that can.
We are excited about our direction, and have seen positive results already. Our location is prime, our services first-rate, and our people are friendly and hard-working.
Economic Development Director
Chairman, S.E.E.D. Board.