City of Bloomington Names New Assistant Director for Small Business Development

(BLOOMINGTON)- The City of Bloomington’s Economic & Sustainable Development (ESD) Department is pleased to welcome Jane Kupersmith as Assistant Director for Small Business Development. Kupersmith started her new role on January 13, 2020, succeeding Brian Payne, who assumed the role of Executive Director of CDFI-Friendly Bloomington in September 2019.

Jane Kupersmith is the City of Bloomington’s new Assistant Director for Small Business Development.  (Photo courtesy of Jane Kupersmith).

Kupersmith’s duties will include leading and coordinating a broad range of small business and entrepreneurship advocacy, retention and recruitment activities for the City and the department to support the growth and sustainability of the small business and local economy. In addition, Kupersmith will lead key major departmental projects and will serve as Executive Director of the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association.  

Kupersmith brings to the City hands-on entrepreneurial experience as co-owner of Hopscotch Coffee and Rainbow Bakery.  Prior to opening Hopscotch in 2014, Kupersmith worked at Indiana University Press as Music and Humanities editor. She earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa. 

“Jane understands what it takes to bring an idea into fruition and will be a great asset to other entrepreneurs in navigating the many complexities of small business,” said ESD Director Alex Crowley.

Kupersmith’s annual salary will be $58,500.