Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Dark Side of the 1099 Economy

Regular readers of this blog know that I’m one of the biggest boosters of the 1099 economy, the rise of independent businesses, free lancers, and consultants who work in what some observers call the “gig economy.”   Unfortunately, the story of … Continue reading

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Recommended Read: Nothin’ but Blue Skies

I just finished a good book that might fit on the summer reading lists for many economic developers.  Edward McClelland’s Nothin’ but Blue Skies:  The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland is a well-written account of the rise … Continue reading

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Ride to Prosperity in Greater Reading, PA

Yesterday, I was up in my hometown of Reading, PA, where we released the 2013 edition of the community’s Ride to Prosperity strategy.  The Ride to Prosperity effort began four years ago; it brings together eight organizations with a mission … Continue reading

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A Leg Up for Defense Communities?

With budget sequestration and the ongoing pull-back from Iraq and Afghanistan, defense budgets are being reduced.  Generally, this is a good thing, especially if military funds can be deployed for other needed purposes.  But, the ongoing and coming defense budget … Continue reading

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EntreWorks Insights, June 2013

The June 2013 edition of our e-newsletter, EntreWorks Insights, is now available here.

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In Conversation: Local Economic Development

Arlington Independent Media, our local community media access center, is a producing a new series for local cable called “In Conversation.”  The series brings together analysts and “experts” for extended discussion of key policy issues affecting Arlington (VA) and beyond.  I recently participated in an … Continue reading

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ObamaCare and Entrepreneurship

What’s the biggest deterrent to Americans who want to start their own businesses?  Most people would say access to capital, and money certainly does matter.  But, in my experience, fears about health care are even more prominent.  Many Americans would … Continue reading

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Post on American Entrepreneurship Today

American Entrepreneurship Today is an excellent network, blog and website that compiles state-focused data related to entrepreneurship and small business ownership.  I recently contributed a post on community colleges and entrepreneurship to American Entrepreneurship Today-New Jersey.  You can access it … Continue reading

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Can Accelerators Spur Global Development?

Business accelerators are hot new thing in economic development. Here in Washington DC, it seems like a new accelerator is opening for business every day, and investors across the US warn of a potential “accelerator bubble.” Meanwhile, the accelerator concept … Continue reading

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