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Better Family Life, area leaders host small business networking event to reduce violence

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

One proposed solution to violence in the St. Louis area is to increase small business opportunities. Former St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, former Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr., CEO of Better Family Life Malik Ahmed are hosting a networking mixer on Thursday night in Forest Park as part of Better Family Life's 30th annual Family Week.

Dooley, Bosley and Ahmed spoke with News 4's Alissa Reitmeier about the event and how to reduce violence in St. Louis.

"Small businesses create more jobs in America than any other opportunities there are," said Dooley. "But the key to success is getting young people to understand sometimes they need to think beyond getting a job, think about creating jobs and bring it back to your community. That adds value."

The networking mixer event will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Forest Park's Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center. A $20 donation is recommended for those attending and will go toward Better Family Life's efforts at ending violence in the St. Louis area.

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