Economic Development

Best Marketing Tools for a Lean Operation

I recently surveyed my community on my Email list and asked them what their marketing and business development priorities were. Their number one question was…. What marketing tools have the most traction for lean operations who don’t have the resources … Read More

Magic in Mushrooms…Finding Hidden Value

Here is my latest column from The Times, where I examine entrepreneurship in rural Prince Edward County, Ontario. While the column is about people and “place”, I believe many of the stories I write about can happen in most rural communities … Read More

Shipping To Improve The Bottom Line

Here is my latest column from The Times, where I examine entrepreneurship in rural Prince Edward County, Ontario. While the column is about people and “place”, I believe many of the stories I write about can happen in many rural communities … Read More

9 Steps Towards Double Digit Growth

I’m pretty excited about my upcoming webinar with the Conference Board of Canada on Thursday November 19th at 11:00 E.S.T. While the webinar is geared towards tourism destinations, my main content applies just as well to promote all types of businesses and economic regions. … Read More

Can You Build Opportunity in a Rural Community?

Can You Build Opportunity in a Rural Community? Absolutely! In my biweekly column in The Times I examine entrepreneurship in rural Prince Edward County, Ontario. However, I believe many of the stories I plan to uncover can happen in many … Read More

My New Column on Rural Entrepreneurs

In a recent blog post I wrote about going back to school, this time not as a student but as a professor. I received some wonderful comments, but I may not have been that clear. The professor gig is just one afternoon … Read More

Every 5 Minutes Things Can Change

Imagine that every 5 minutes things can change. You don’t have to imagine this because it’s true. I’m sure you’ve experienced this many times in your life. Like when you met your significant other, a new baby was born, an accident … Read More

Introduction – Economic Development is Like a Farmers’ Market

In my previous blog I outlined my first book which I am currently writing and I drafted a bakers dozen worth of chapters. Below is a teaser from my introduction. Since I am crowd-sourcing feedback, yours is welcome. Please feel … Read More

Nuts for Sustainability – How does using 8 billion coconut husks per year sound as a start?

This is a  fascinating story of turning discarded coconut by-products into value added products, that creates jobs for the poor and the creative class. [soundcloud id=’34675793′ autoPlay=’true’] Cocogreen is effectively tapping into an unlimited renewable resource that is otherwise discarded … Read More

IT Incubator Making Waves in Leyte, Philippines

[soundcloud id=’34375836′ autoPlay=’true’]   The local government economic development office has set up a technology incubator to help start ups get launched. Shared space facilities include fully equipped offices with computers, short term free rent for six months, then after … Read More

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