In early November, the City secured 4RM+ULA to redesign the former Bloomington fire station at 2050 East 86th Street into a small business development center. The center is expected to open by the end of 2024.
The pandemic and the distribution of CARES ACT funding revealed a gap in the City’s relationships with small businesses, especially those owned by BIPOC, women and youth, as well as artistic industries. At that time, the Council saw the opportunity to increase support for Bloomington’s small business community and launched into action.
Community engagement efforts have been driven by the Small Business Development Center Advisory Committee as well as feedback received from the Racial Equity Strategic Planning Committee and an ongoing survey of