The New Mexico Municipal League created the Grow It! project to help member municipalities stimulate private sector job development in their communities. The league sees this initiative as part of its mission to support its member municipalities and help them expand economic development in New Mexico.
Participating municipalities receive business resource information that can be shared with local businesses during first-time registration or renewal and included in other correspondence. The information is localized and connects business owners to loans, grants, consulting, workshops and other business-growth tools. Participation in the Grow It! project is free to member municipalities.
In 2015, the Grow It! project was expanded to provide municipalities with their own business-resource webpage at www.GrowItnm.org. With this standalone platform, cities have a customized page that helps local entrepreneurs and business owners stay informed about and connected with the free and low-cost resources that can help them succeed. They also stay abreast of rules and requirements that pertain to running a business, such as registering with the city and securing necessary licenses and permits.
All of the information that was included in the Grow It! packets is now online, and municipal leaders no longer need to maintain a list of business resources on their city’s website or shoulder a large copying expense for packet reproduction. A concise, one-page flier created for each municipality (sample) click here directs residents to the town’s Grow It! page, where “all things business” are under one roof.
The Grow It! website also has a Twitter feed that informs businesses of deadlines and opportunities in real time, and your city can use it to announce business happenings in your area by “tagging” @growitnm in your own tweets. Grow It! supplements that by including a list of networking events and workshops taking place in your region.
Grow It! resources are continually updated, and municipalities need only alert us if they would like changes made to their page.
All these upgrades are part of the league’s ongoing efforts to help its members increase awareness in the business community of federal, state and local business-assistance programs that might help entrepreneurs start ventures that provide jobs and tax revenue.
Add Grow It! to your website by including your custom link using this format: www.growitnm.org/your-city
Here are a few examples:
Resource information is maintained by Finance New Mexico, the league’s partner in Grow It! and a clearinghouse for free and low-cost business resources since 2007.
Municipal information on the Finance New Mexico website remains unchanged during a transition period, but in the meantime, please visit growitnm.org and find your city’s page.