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Menlo Park seeks views of downtown business owners

The city of Menlo Park is trying to make communication a two-way street, but so far the response from downtown business owners asked to complete a survey has been sparse.

Economic Development Manager Jim Cogan said the survey was created in response to requests for more communication made at the city's first small business roundtable earlier this year.

The seven-question survey asks proprietors to rate the impact of events such as the monthly 100 OCT Cars and Croissants show and the weekly Farmers' Market on their businesses.

The proprietors were also asked what the city can do to support them and whether they'd like to see more foot traffic downtown. Answer options include:

● "No, I like to have free time at work."

● "Maybe, I don't know ... leave me alone!"

● "Yes, but my customers don't care about cars or music."

Other outreach efforts have included going door-to-door, fliers, phone calls, and media coverage "to get the word out that the city is genuinely interested in hearing from our business community," Mr. Cogan said.

With a second roundtable coming up this fall, he encouraged business owners to complete the online survey and said the link could be obtained from his office, reachable via jccogan@menlopark.org.

Sandy Brundage

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