To the Editor:

I don't know why Bob Weber decided to dismiss the presence of the headquarters of a startup company in Chatham in his latest Candidate Statement. I hope it is not simply because his opponent has celebrated it - that would be alarming.  He seems to argue it is because they don't have enough bodies to matter. That demonstrates a lack of vision, and a lack of understanding. The company in question, Boxcar, is a seed-round startup. I don't know a lot about them, but I know this: They are funded, they have a very popular app, they provide a popular service in our town, and they are located around the corner from the delis, restaurants and retail stores on Main St. They are also likely to need printing, legal advice, and other services that are available locally. I suspect those businesses aren't dismissive of their business. 

You may have heard of Boll & Branch. They started in Chatham. Where is their headquarters now? Summit. They were small; now they are a global brand. I remember discussing them with Thad when we were running for Council and wondering why Chatham couldn't keep them. Thad took action and helped bring about "Startup/Moveup Chatham" to help create a welcoming environment for future startups. I applaud that, and I hope it is only the beginning. 

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I would love to hear Bob's alternative approach to bringing additional desirable businesses into our town. Failing that, at least let us express appreciation for the businesses that are already here. 

Jonathan Wilcox

Chatham Borough