10 March 2021
Introduction: A Focus on Small Business in Babylon
In a recent episode of the “I Love Babylon” show, host Ryan O’Neil Williams had the opportunity to sit down with Babylon Town Councilman Anthony Manetta to discuss the critical role of small businesses in the town of Babylon, New York. Councilman Manetta, who is in charge of town business and local small businesses, shared insights into the various programs and resources available to support entrepreneurs and small business owners in the community.
Establishing the Small Business Committee
During the interview, Councilman Manetta explained that one of his priorities when he was first elected to the town council was to establish a Small Business Committee. This committee was created by town resolution to focus on small business issues and provide support to the local business community. Manetta emphasized the importance of small businesses as job generators and contributors to the local economy. He also highlighted the need to ensure that small businesses have access to the resources they need to thrive.
The Role of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA)
In addition to the Small Business Committee, the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) plays a significant role in supporting businesses in Babylon. The IDA has been in existence for some time and is responsible for putting together incentive programs to attract and retain larger businesses, including manufacturers, distributors, and IT companies. Councilman Manetta explained that while the IDA focuses on larger businesses, the town also works with the IDA to ensure that small businesses have access to resources and support.
Resources and Programs for Small Businesses
Councilman Manetta discussed various programs and resources available to small businesses in Babylon. These include emergency assistance programs, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). He encouraged business owners to reach out to his office for assistance or advocacy related to these programs.
Additionally, Manetta mentioned several well-received programs that his office has organized, including a women entrepreneurs program and a black business leaders program. These programs featured guest speakers who shared their experiences and advice for minority entrepreneurs and those looking to start a business.
COVID-19 Pandemic and the Importance of Digital Presence
The conversation also touched on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses in Babylon. Manetta described the situation as “challenging but hopeful,” noting that businesses are not yet at pre-pandemic levels. However, he expressed optimism about the increasing availability of vaccines and the gradual reopening of businesses.
The pandemic has also underscored the importance of having a digital presence for businesses. Manetta and Williams discussed the “Babylon Delivers” initiative, which aims to support local restaurants by providing information about their delivery and curbside pickup options. The initiative encourages residents to support local restaurants during the pandemic.
Williams, who has experience in digital marketing, emphasized the need for businesses to have an online presence, especially in light of the pandemic. He explained that many businesses were caught off guard by the sudden shift to online commerce and the closure of physical locations. Having a digital presence, whether through a website, social media, or online ordering platforms, is essential for businesses to stay connected with their customers and remain competitive.
Conclusion: A Commitment to Supporting Local Businesses
The interview with Councilman Anthony Manetta provided valuable insights into the efforts being made to support small businesses in the town of Babylon. From the establishment of the Small Business Committee to the various programs and resources available, it is clear that the town is committed to helping local businesses succeed and thrive.
Councilman Manetta’s dedication to small businesses and his efforts to provide resources and support are a testament to the importance of small businesses in the community. As the town continues to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the support of local government and the community will be crucial in ensuring that small businesses remain resilient and prosperous.
As host Ryan O’Neil Williams aptly stated during the interview, “All politics is local,” and the actions taken at the local level have a direct impact on the lives of residents and businesses. The town of Babylon is fortunate to have leaders like Councilman Manetta who are dedicated to making it a better place to live and do business.
We invite you to watch the full video interview to learn more about the efforts being made to support small businesses in Babylon. Hear directly from Councilman Anthony Manetta and host Ryan O’Neil Williams as they discuss the challenges and opportunities facing local businesses and the importance of community support.
Watch the full video here: YouTube.com/watch?v=iPjEeQkH5Yk
Whether you are a small business owner, an aspiring entrepreneur, or a resident of Babylon, this interview provides valuable insights into the local business landscape and the resources available to help businesses succeed. From emergency assistance programs to initiatives like Babylon Delivers, there are numerous ways in which the town is working to foster a vibrant and thriving business community.
As we look to the future, it is clear that small businesses will continue to play a vital role in the town of Babylon. They are the lifeblood of the local economy, providing jobs, goods, and services to residents. By supporting small businesses, we are investing in the well-being and prosperity of our community.
In closing, we extend our thanks to Councilman Anthony Manetta for his dedication to small businesses and his efforts to make Babylon a great place to live and work. We also thank Ryan O’Neil Williams for hosting this informative and engaging interview on the “I Love Babylon” show.
If you are a small business owner in Babylon or are considering starting a business in the area, we encourage you to explore the resources and programs mentioned in the interview. Together, we can continue to build a strong and vibrant business community in the town of Babylon.