Other cities should follow Pascagoula's plan for encouraging new businesses

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The city of Pascagoula is doing something unique in attempts to help small retail businesses. It's creating a retail square using small Mississippi cottages. The one and two room buildings will be ideal for a small business trying to get established.

The best thing for these small businesses is the rent on the buildings will be quite affordable, about 230 to 290 dollars a month. That should help with cash flow as the businesses attempt to get started.

Community Development Director Harry Schmidt says Pascagoula suffers from a lack of retail. The city is hoping for all types of retail businesses, everything from a pottery store to an ice cream shop, to move into these spaces.

We applaud the city of Pascagoula for coming up with a unique way to attract small mom and pop businesses. We hope the idea will spread across the coast. It is tough and risky to put your savings into a new venture. But, with help from business friendly cities like Pascagoula, we hope potential new business owners decide the risk is worth taking.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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