Category archive: 365 Blog

Day 43:  When should I bring in help?  Sure, I like this topic as I am the “help”.  Today I was talking to a client that is having some serious issues with an economic development ally.  They are at an impasse.  While they can try to work it out, personalities sometimes can’t be overcome after…

Day 42:  Am I the right person for the job?  We just completed an executive search for one of client communities.  For this client they used a personality test to help them rank the top three candidates after the interviews were held.  As they went through this process it made me think about what is…

Day 41:  What kind of small business do we want?  Why is this a question?  My economic development or chamber organization can’t control who starts a business in my community, you say to yourself.  As I pointed out in Day 39, it is very important to get involved in the endeavor of entrepreneurial efforts.  I…

Day 40:  Is there help out there to build an entrepreneurial environment?  Yes,  we can help you.  Sorry to be so blatant.  But we looked far and wide for a system that we thought would help our clients.  We found it in a program called Evisthrive, .  We are excited about what this program can…

Day 39:  What is the first step in building an entrepreneurial environment?   This will be a short day.  The first step is to realize the importance of actually having a program.  You need to identify someone that is passionate about small business.  As with most activities you need a champion.  This person must be a…

Day 38:  What are these entrepreneurs?  As I type this the hot topic in economic development is growing small businesses.  Everyone has an answer but very few economic development groups seem to want to find the answer.  When you consider that 40% of the kids that are in college right now want to own their…

Day 37:  How important is leadership? I talked a little about this earlier on Day 16.  There was a great example of a leader in a town in SE Iowa.  He owned the industrial parks in the town and was very aggressive.  He constantly stayed in touch with state officials including the Governor.  He would…

Day 36:  We have the best schools.  I don’t want to offend anyone but most of our clients want us to highlight their great schools when we are designing a marketing plan.  While there are some bad schools in the world, there are actually a whole lot of great schools.  We push our clients to…

Day 35:  Should I take a vacation?  As I type this I am getting ready to go on a family vacation.  The other day I was traveling with a young man and I asked if he was taking a trip this summer.  He said, “Nah, the cool thing to do now is work.”  I’m all…

Day 34:  Know you properties.  I am always amazed how little homework economic developers do to find out about the properties in their community or region.  Some time every single day should be carved out to learn more about your available properties.  Drive around town and write down the addresses and real estate agents names…

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