Business owners chart town’s future |

Business owners chart town’s future

Ivy Vogel

Orange cones, hard hats, slow signs and other construction accessories continue to decorate streets and highways throughout the valley.Construction is a sign of growth, and as Glenwood and surrounding areas continue to grow, they must adjust to change, said Jerry Pradier, business mentor and adviser for the Progressive Business Development Network.A diverse group of Glenwood business owners, developers and small business associations set the guidelines Wednesday morning for Glenwood’s first Business Owners Roundtable.The purpose of the roundtable is to bring business leaders together to discuss ways to help the community grow with the city. They will discuss issues such as strengths and weaknesses in the Glenwood work force as well as business problems and strategies.”It’s important that we solve problems together because business owners are the movers and shakers of the community and have a positive effect on what direction the community moves in,” Pradier said.When communities and businesses owners are resistant to change and don’t grow with the city, disaster prevails, said roundtable sponsor Tom Fleming of the Institute for Civic Achievement.Glenwood acts as a vacuum that feeds on leadership, said Mark Gould, owner of Gould Construction.”The town’s being pushed and shoved by those that are screaming the most, not those who have the vision,” Gould said.Gould and the other members of the roundtable want to create a diverse leadership model to bring Glenwood into the future instead of leaving it in the past.All roundtable participants received a letter of invitation, and none of the participants are direct competitors.”In 15 years we want to be happy of what Glenwood’s become,” Gould said.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. 534ivogel@postindependent.comThe roundtable meets once a month. For more information, call Jerry Pradier at 404-1389.

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