4D: Local Retail/Food Development
Small business entrepreneurs in the retail and restaurant sectors add a particular uniqueness to a destination. The last decade, the Indy region enjoyed great growth in the number and quality of independently-owned establishments, and while it will take time to recover from unprecedented pandemic losses, these businesses will remain an essential ingredient to both visitor attraction and resident quality of life. Support programs that help entrepreneurs start these businesses, including those that reduce barriers to entry with low-cost temporary or mobile platforms. Support programs that sustain these businesses, including efforts to promote and reward resident and visitor patronization of them such as limited-time menu promotions and Indy’s Craft Pass. Such support should focus on clusters of local businesses, like those in downtown and cultural districts, but also be available to small businesses across Indy.