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Downtown Panama City Sees 10 New Businesses

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National Small Business Week celebrates its 50th birthday this week.The Small Business Association created the campaign to honor America's entrepreneurs.


Laura Scott is one of the many Americans who owns a small business, and she does so, in the downtown Panama City area.

"I moved here in October and I moved in in mid November," said Scott.

According to the Small Business Association, small businesses like Bees and Buttercups, create two out of every three new jobs in the United States.

Smith is one of 10 new business owners that make up the fabric of downtown Panama City.


"It's a unique area, it's not like a lot of the other areas," said Scott. "It has sort of a historic feeling, it's not the same as if you go to a Target or Walmart shopping center. We really did not want the shopping center feeling, we wanted something that was more unique to the area."

"Small business is where 90% of the business comes from," said Mayor Greg Brudnicki.

Mayor Brudnicki welcomes the new businesses who have created more than 200 new jobs for the city.

"So if you are interested in coming downtown, you better do it now," said Brudnicki. "Because as all these things develop, people are going to be coming down here because of the location, not because the rents less. And thats the focus."

But bringing small business to the downtown isn't the only thing the city is excited about, Panama City is one of two finalists in the state for a national competition.

Benjamin Moore paint company is promoting their Paint What Matters campaign, where people vote for a downtown to get a new paint job.

Scott votes whenever she can remember for Panama City to win the contest. 

"I've been trying to repost and let people know that hey dont forget downtown is really important, if we keep working together as a community to make downtown even better than it is," said Scott. 

So tweet, pin, or share the contest to get people voting for Panama City to be a finalist in the contest. You can vote everyday until July 30th.