Main Street Paragould working to attract businesses

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Paragould, AR (KAIT) --  "We do a lot of promotion, a lot of publicity, for our small business owners, especially when they start out, said Main Street Paragould Executive Director, Gina Jarrett.

Main Street Paragould is a non profit organization working towards the revitalization of downtown.  Because they are affiliated with Main Street Arkansas, Jarrett says they have a lot of education and professional help available for business owners.

"There's a small business consultant on staff, an interior design consultant, as well as an exterior design consultant. If you're a main street city, those people are available to help you and it's at no charge to our business owners," said Jarrett.

"The resources I was able to take advantage of absolutely made it possible," said Sugarbakers Coffee House owner, Angela Brown. Sugarbakers Coffee House is in its second year.  Brown says Main Street Paragould was the motivation she needed to make her dream a reality.

"They showed me the available grants, the available resources," said Brown.

Down the road at Room to Grow, owner Renee Dwyer, says the area has changed a lot since she opened her business.  She says  Main Street Paragould promotes the area as a whole, and keeps residents informed of what's going on downtown.

"That's one of the things Main Street has been able to do is to promote that there's not just one shop to come downtown to, that there's a group of shops to come to," said Brown.

With around 100 businesses in the official main street area,  and more than 1000 employees in those businesses, Gina Jarrett says she loves the direction Main Street Paragould is going.

The downtown area has seen a tremendous change, we can't take credit for all of it certainly, but I think a lot of credit is due to the main street program," said Jarrett.

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