Monthly Archives: January 2018

Picking Winners is Not Easy: A Timely Reminder

When working with communities to build entrepreneurial ecosystems, I’m often asked for the “secret sauce” to identifying successful entrepreneurs in advance.  I wish I had this power, but it’s sadly not that easy.   A large chunk of the entrepreneurship literature … Continue reading

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Estonia Comes to Vermont?

Last November, I was fortunate to visit Estonia as part of the Startup Nations Summit, a global meeting of folks who work on public policies to promote entrepreneurship.  It was a great event, but it was equally great to see … Continue reading

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Character Towns

I like the term Character Towns.  This is a concept coined by Bill Kercher, a planning consultant based in Florida.  He refers to Character Towns as small communities that direct all of their planning and economic, physical and social assets … Continue reading

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Economic Diversification: Lessons from Wyoming

We spend much of our consulting work focused on helping communities diversify after they’ve faced some economic shock, such as loss of a major industry (coal or manufacturing), a natural disaster, or a more general economic downturn.  We’ve learned a … Continue reading

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