Today’s consumers are looking for products with a local story that appeals to their unique individualism. As a result, from micro brewers to apparel and bike manufacturers, many more people are beginning to blend retail, manufacturing, and wholesaling opportunities at a much smaller scale, leading to growing tourism, diversified employment, and well-paid job opportunities for local communities.
Small-scale manufacturing has emerged as a powerful way to tie opportunity to place, and can fill a key missing piece in today’s local downtown and community development efforts.
Data suggests that this form of manufacturing is rapidly growing along Main Streets across the country, expanding and diversifying the employment and retail opportunities found in our districts. The causes are two-fold: Technologies like 3-D printing, high speed sewing equipment, and food processors at scale are shrinking the building needs and cost of entry into traditional manufacturing. This is combined with rapidly changing consumer preferences that are tired of homogeneous products that can essentially be purchased anywhere.
Learn more and discuss the local opportunities and resources for your business at this FREE Webinar Watch Party.
Led by the Department of Housing and Community Development and hosted by your SBDC and Rockingham County Department of Economic Development, we will watch the Webinar together and then provide time for questions, suggestions, and resources to move your business or business idea forward.