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RUMFORD -- In these difficult economic times, sometimes all a fledging entrepreneur needs is a helping hand.
In downtown Rumford, that helping hand is coming is the form of short term reduced/free business rents.
Jim Rinaldo is a member of a business enhancement group, one of four volunteer committees established to improve the Business Island, with the hope the help for the follow through efforts will be enhanced by becoming a Maine Downtown Network Community.
Rinaldo said he and committee member Glen Holmes identified 10 to 12 ground floor spaces in the downtown that were empty. After contacting landlords, several agreed to offer free or reduced rent over a two- to three-month period of time to someone starting up a business.
To that end, Rinaldo said committee members Steve Merrow and Lynda Hebert recently went to Mountain Valley High School to talk to students about this program and learned that students not only asked great questions but also had a genuine interest with what goes on with the community.
And at least one 17 year old expressed an interest in trying to start up a business, and was to meet on Tuesday with a landlord about the free/reduced rent to use a facility on Congress Street.
Rinaldo said they can also assist these entrepreneurs with things like business plans, available funding, etc. Anyone entrepreneur interested in this can contact him at 418-9067.
Other committees include organization, promotions and design. New members are always welcome. Rinaldo said the four committees meet together on a monthly basis.
In a related matter, Rinaldo said his committee is working on developing information on gathering every business in this region and by Sept. 1, that information will provided to a group at the Univ. of Maine at Orono that will put that with other information like population to come up with a listing of the types of new businesses that would have the best chance to be successful in the River Valley.