Monthly Archives: December 2011

Repurposing Old Industrial Sites

If you are a mayor or local government official, the worst thing that can happen on your watch may be the shutdown of a local factory or industrial facility.  In addition to the lost jobs and revenue, you’re likely facing … Continue reading

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Buying Local: Where do People Start?

If you want to buy local, where do you go first?  That’s the focus of an interesting new survey from the Pew Research Center Project for Excellence in Journalism which asked Americans where they obtain information on small businesses, including restaurants, … Continue reading

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Beyond Clusters in Europe: Smart Specialization Strategies

Supporting industry clusters is a popular economic development strategy in the US today.  Our colleagues in Europe have been supporting cluster development for some time now, and, in fact, for many, clusters have become passe.  Economic developers in Europe are … Continue reading

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Who Owns Small Businesses? New Research from Maryland

We hear lots of anecdotes about small businesses and their role in the US economy, but we still suffer from a lack of good research data on what’s going on with these firms.  A new study sponsored by Maryland’s Department … Continue reading

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Connect: The Teacher’s Entrepreneurship Center

Engaging teachers has been one of the biggest challenges and obstacles to the spread of youth entrepreneurship training programs across the US.   Some teachers resist teaching entrepreneurship, but that’s not the normal pattern.  A more common circumstance is that teachers … Continue reading

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Creating a Community Innovation Scorecard

I’m a big fan of benchmarking and work with many communities to create scorecards of their innovation or economic development resources and potential.  You can read a guide to innovation benchmarking here.  Community benchmarking often appears daunting, but it’s a … Continue reading

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Some Musings on Regulation and Small Business Growth

How to help small businesses create jobs is one of the dominant themes of today’s political debates, and there are a number of diagnoses for why America’s small business jobs engine is slowing.   For many, the heavy hand of government … Continue reading

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Latest Issue of EntreWorks Insights now available

The latest issue of EntreWorks Insights, our quarterly e-newsletter, is now available.  You can access it here.

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