Author archive: csmith

Day 90:  Existing Business Stories Continued:  Many years ago before Synchronist existed an economic development organization would make their own survey instrument and go out and make calls.  When I was at the state, we had developed a survey for communities to use.  I would sometimes go out and make calls with the community.  At…

Day 89:  What should I do for my local employers?  This is a big topic.  There are so many options.  If you need some ideas go to LinkedIn and join the existing business groups.  Besides holding an annual event as discussed yesterday or holding regular visits as I discussed on Day 10 there are so…

Day 88:  Should I have an Existing Business event?  Most definitely.  You could tie it into the annual meeting event I discussed on Day 87, but it would be better if you made it a standalone event.  Invite all of your businesses that are making something or providing a unique service.  It should not matter…

Day 87:  Do I need to have an annual dinner?  When I writing a blog for every day of the work week for a year,  I will end up talking about pretty much everything.  Most of you have written in your by-laws to have an annual meeting.  This meeting can just be a normal monthly…

Day 86: Are there some neat tools out there for us?  Every once in a while I will do some shameless promotion.  Not very often, I promise.  We have some really cool tools for economic development organizations and for Chamber of Commerce.  First, we can make an app.  We have some canned apps at www.EDisplayapp.com…

Day 85:  Should I use Facebook?   Facebook in the business world is not for everyone.  My wife and I also own a bed and breakfast.  Facebook makes sense for a B&B because we typically connect with our guests, because we have meaningful interaction at check-in and breakfast.  We also have many regular guests and they…

Day 84:  What’s the best way to Tweet?  Following yesterday’s conversation, I wanted to delve more into some of these social media tools.  I did discuss social media on Day(s) 7, 8, 9.   Strangely as I was typing this my good friends at Golden Shovel posted a blog about Twitter, http://blog.goldenshovelagency.com/2013/08/27/can-twitter-trends-be-useful-for-economic-developers/  This is a nice…

Day 83:  Stay connected:  In most professions it is extremely important to stay connected to your customers/clients, peers, friends and family.  It is my observation that most people don’t reach out very often.  Or maybe it is just me and no one wants to contact me, which could very well be the case!   But with…

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”. Yes, even economic development organizations can lose their way or veer off into directions they never intended to get involved with. The SSG Roadmap, which many may call a strategic plan, is intended to identify and isolate key strategic issues and…

Day 82: Rankings  This past week one of our clients made the top 25 Best Places to Live as determined by CNN/Money.  Great news!.  It is  nice to be recognized.  If your community should get s great designation, take full advantage.  Duh! you say.  All right I can’t be full wisdom every day!    Some rankings…

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