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Arts Focus: Rated ‘R’ for Resources

This is a column written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

It’s hard to say January without resolutions. The lure of the gym, more greens on our plates, open space on our closet shelves, increased profit. Everyone’s beckoned to start anew, called to something better, just as easily as the calendar page is turned.

For creatives and businesses in Arlington, the reboot can be as simple as accessing the many resources offered all year long by Arlington County Economic Development. Without adding overhead for consultants, organizers or coaches, there’s plenty available for free. Think you’re only getting what you pay for? Think again. The support built by Arlington County for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses is an investment in keeping and attracting a diverse business base. And that helps the economy.

From business planning to design thinking, marketing, networking and growth, these resources will last long past the February fade. Check these out to get the resolve going.

Creative Economy. Plug into Arlington’s newest sector initiative that fosters a growing creative community through programs like Made in Arlington. Spotlighting makers and entrepreneurs who are testing and building their businesses in Arlington, the program has gone from one day pop-ups to a two month holiday market in partnership with Arlington Public Library. Looking to see the impact of the creative process in business? Return on Creativity: ROC will be back with seminars this spring and fall. Sign up to stay informed. Check out the blog!

BizLaunch will steer your business through all the rigors of planning, leading and growing your business. Not sure about zoning? Need a consultation with a SCORE counselor? Never heard of SCORE? This may be your best discovery of 2018. There’s plenty to learn from the experts in startups.

Directory, a free resource to any small business to get listed by industry and Urban Village.

Re-engage by applying to serve on a County Advisory commission, become a Chamber member or attend a meeting, join a board, attend a civic association meeting, connect with your area BID or Partnership. Resources are closer at hand than you may think.

Resolutions? They’re not crystal balls or silver bullets, but they are promises you’ll want to keep.

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