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Rawlings-Blake to focus State of the City speech on small businesses
Rawlings-Blake to focus State of the City speech on small businesses

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to make bolstering small business a focus of Monday's State of the City speech, pledging more funding for the city's Small Business Resource Center and $1 million for an "innovation fund" to help small firms acquire the latest technologies. "It is very clear that small business is the backbone for a growing economy," Rawlings-Blake said. The mayor's speech will be accompanied by the release of a "strategic plan" aimed at growing small businesses and entrepreneurship. Money from the planned innovation fund would go to businesses who want to buy, for example, 3-D printers or other equipment to expand...

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