The Mission of Chapter 646 is to continue its pre-eminence as a major Resorce for small business counseling, mentoring, and education in Citrus County.
Citrus County is a growing rural area with a population of approximately 126,000 with approximately 8,700 licensed businesses. The population is estimated to increase 5% annually.
While the economy is to a large extent agricultural and rural, there are a large and growing number of small businesses, as well as major chains: i.e. Home Depot and Walmart Supercenters. Additionally, the extension of the Suncoast Parkway has had a positive inpact on the growth of the economy of Citrus County. Residential construction, medical, restaurants, and general services represent the dominant business activities. The largest percentage of the population is retired.
The Chapter's Mission is to
provide community services tailored to Citrus County needs for small business
counseling and education. This is a proactive program with a broad but well
defined agenda. Growth of counseling services is built on an established base of
client referrals from the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation,
lending institutions, media exposure, and speaking bureaus. Additionally,
continue the outreach program to include trade associations and other business
organizations, plus teaching opportunitis with the CFCC by offering business
workshops and seminars.