Walker’s Drive In was the site of today’s Fondren Association of Businesses board meeting, open to general membership, and focused on growing small businesses. FAB president David Waugh offered quick updates to those in attendance on safety, upcoming events, and green efforts. Jackson Police Deputy Chief  Winstead said businesses who had requested a contact list for all things JPD now have one, thanks to an informative brochure produced by his department. Winstead also encouraged businesses to be proactive in their security efforts for the holiday season. JPD beat Officer Trena Yarber was introduced and recent Fondren After 5 security was lauded as highly visible and reassuring for shoppers.

Rainbow Green Services’ Luke Lundemo announced a planned cleanup effort for this Sunday afternoon from 1pm-5pm, and said the process is currently underway with City leaders to refurbish the 50 year old bridge at Hawthrone over Eubanks Creek. Lundemo also introduced a new brochure produced by Rainbow to detail how businesses can save money – and energy.

Upcoming Fondren Unwrapped plans were detailed today, and publicity efforts are said to include a newsletter, postcard, and sticker on the Saturday November 13 edition of the Clarion Ledger. Fondren Renaissance Foundation consultant Jim Wilkirson said FRF is “progressing quickly” in talks with the City to add “gateway” signage to major entry points of the district, utilizing existing poles to welcome visitors and identify the area.

In the roundtable portion, representatives from JSU’s Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the City of Jackson Planning and Development office, Downtown Jackson Partnership’s Venture Incubator, and neighborhood lending institutions were on hand.  Each gave a brief presentation on services offered to startups and even long time successes. Each presenter was available for questions following the meeting.

Fab encourages not only businesses, but the community as a whole to work together to continue to make fondren jackson’s hippest neighborhood!