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Fund Set Up For Andersonville Entrepreneurs In Memory Of Retail Pioneer Jan Baxter

Photo: Ann Baxter Courtesy ACC

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) has announced a fund to help new, local businesses navigate a path to success. The mentorship program will be in memory of the community retail pioneer Jan Baxter who passed away in February, 2017.

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Jan Baxter Memorial Fund and the chosen awardee will receive one year of free business education, technical assistance, mentoring and pop-up space from April 1-March 31.  Applying businesses need to be established less than two years or in the very early stages of development. According to a press release put out by the ACC, the program will be tailored to the awardee’s business sector and specific needs and pulls from a variety of resources, organizations, and people with demonstrable success in business.

“It’s important to continue Jan’s legacy,” said Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sara Dinges. “When she opened The Landmark and started incubating other start-up retailers, she also helped Andersonville grow as a neighborhood for unique, local shops. We believe Andersonville is still that place today. The fund helps solidify Andersonville’s lasting commitment to entrepreneurship and local retail.”

Jan Baxter opened the Landmark of Andersonville at 5245 N. Clark back in 1987, a time when vacant storefronts were way too common in the area. Her cooperative plan of bringing together several small businesses together under one roof where they would share the cost of the space proved to be a successful endeavor for almost 30 years.

In fact, many of the small businesses that set up shop at the Landmark through the years went on to successfully move into their own storefronts in the area. Baxter’s pioneering retail spirit gave a number of local entrepreneurs the chance to start their businesses and grow from there.

Dinges believes that Baxter’s dedication to small business lives on through the memorial fund. She added, “We wanted to do something that embodied Jan’s passion and spirit. The fund felt like a way to do what she did best, support other businesses and Andersonville for many years to come.”

For persons interested in the fund, applications are open until Friday, March 9 for the 2018-19. For more information on the Jan Baxter Memorial Fund, Click Here.


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