Pittsburgh councilman Gilman wants city to explore how it can help small businesses

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City Councilman Dan Gilman this morning convened the first of what he expects will be quarterly meetings on how the city can aid small businesses.

Mr. Gilman said the meeting, which included local small business owners, staff from Mayor Bill Peduto's office and city's Urban Redevelopment Authority, was intended to focus on what the city could do to address common issues facing small businesses across various neighborhoods.

Mr. Gilman said creating and enforcing rules and regulations on contractors whose work, such as major street and sewer projects, affects businesses as well as better policing, building inspection and tree planting and neighborhood beautification are all possible areas the city could delve into to improve conditions for business owners.

"It was something I've thought about for a long time," Mr. Gilman said, adding that he expects the meetings to result in proposed legislation in the coming months, particularly on the construction issue, which he said can be crippling for businesses saddled with lengthy projects outside storefronts.

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