Author archive: csmith

Day 130: Where do I tell my story?  Social media is always a great idea.  I have touched on that on Days 7, 8, 9, 52, 84, 85, 94, 110 .  So certainly take advantage of all the social media avenues.  But success stories such as an existing business expansion should be told in your…

Day 129:  How do I tell my story?  As referenced in the post, economic development needs to do a much better job telling our stories.  The funny thing is I have seen several clients get in some sort of trouble when they tell their stories.  The City or some organization takes issue when your organization…

Day 128:  Is economic development dead?  I have been reading articles and opinions this year that keep suggesting economic development organizations are becoming obsolete or that they are doing the wrong things.  It is an interesting thought.  I will have to say that our executive search work is getting harder.  We do have to work…

Day 127:  Help is on the way!  As I have stated a few times before, you are typically the only person in your community that does what you do.  So, you have to rely on others to help you get the job done.  In the economic development community, there seems to be some resistance to…

Day 126:  How do I organize these start-ups?  Here is a shameless plug for our entrepreneurial eco-system called Evisthrive, www.evisthrive.com  There are other systems out there but this is probably one of the few that is affordable, comprehensive and sustainable.  It builds a system for you to reach the start-ups and offer them useful tools. …

Day 125:  How do I find the start-ups?  No matter the size of your community it can be hard to identify the start-ups.  But there are several ways.  First, is you need to find one.  Typically that one start-up knows of other start-ups in the community and they can help you.  The search becomes organic…

Day 124:  How do I find my experts?  I have written several similar posts on this topic.  But now I am talking about finding experts, not community leaders.  However, they could be both.  But start up businesses need several different experts.  Most don’t even know what they need.  Just this past week, I was talking…

Day 123:  What can I offer start-ups?  It’s really very simple.  Offer start-ups your support.  Be able to help them find the resources they need faster.  It goes back to knowing all your key players.  A successful business can access the right people.  It’s all about connecting.  This includes sources of money and technical assistance. …

Day 122:  What is this entrepreneur thing?   In my neck of the woods communities seem to struggle to figure out how to help start-up businesses.  For some reason start-ups just don’t seem to be treated as sexy.  I think economic development and chamber of commerce organizations should focus 90% of their time helping existing business…

Day 121:  21 Ways to Refocus.  This will be a short post as I am very busy this week.  But I ran across a nice piece put out by Inc. Magazine.  With the economy we have been dealing with for several years I know many economic development and chamber organizations are struggling to decide what…

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