I think it is fantastic that the district is revising the business license bylaw and looking into ways to make it more inclusive for home based businesses.
There are many home based businesses in Houston that we don’t know about, and that can’t get access to free promotion through Love Houston (a promotional website funded by Northern Development Initiative Trust) because they do not have a business license.
It is imperative, more than ever before, to alleviate barriers that hinder businesses in Houston to thrive.
I think Houston has been recognized as an industrial town, but with the closure of both a mill and a mine, reconsideration of what makes Houston, and what will continue to make Houston, would be wise.
An idea is beautiful, but support of an idea is what wills or kills it.
And it’s important to have friendly access to information and resources of what is required, and what would be entailed, to get an idea out of mind and into action.
I’ve been asking myself, “what more?” What more does Houston need in order to receive that support to launch brilliant ideas that benefit the community?
We have access to the chamber, district, and some incredible community facebook pages that get the word spread about events, funds, and projects. But is there something that we are missing?
To quote a couple of people I’ve recently talked to, “dialogue.” Maybe that’s in the scheme of an online forum. Maybe it’s asocial gathering of the community’s groups, organizations, and all interested persons around a table of food and drinks sharing conversation.
I think inspiration comes from spewing out raw material. A space to safely, respectfully, and openly share such underdeveloped ideas would create a place for them to fruition and spark in someone’s mind a never thought of before resolution.