Category Archives: Current News

The Economics of Belonging

I just finished an interesting new book by Martin Sandbu, economics writer for The Financial Times. The Economics of Belonging: A Radical Plan to Win Back the Left Behind and Achieve Prosperity for All was published pre-COVID 19 but is … Continue reading

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New Rules for ESG Funds: Public Comment Requested

I will admit that I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about or studying fiduciary rules related to retirement plans, but a new proposal from the Department of Labor has me a bit concerned.  Recently, DOL issued a proposed … Continue reading

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American Farm Bureau Federation’s Ag Innovation Challenge: Sign up Now!

If you’re an entrepreneur working in rural America or in sectors with a focus on food and agriculture, consider competing in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2021 Ag Innovation Challenge.  This annual competition recently kicked off, and the Farm Bureau … Continue reading

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Broadband Resources from NC

As communities push toward economic recovery after COVID-19, many regions will be making a big push to improve local broadband capacity.  The poor quality of broadband in many rural locales is a disgrace, and I’m hopeful that our current mess … Continue reading

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Economic Recovery and Resilience: Lessons from Japan

Economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is uncharted territory, and none of us really know how,  when, and if things will return to “normal.”   I’m on the hunt for any type of lessons learned from past experiences, from history (such … Continue reading

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InBIA Annual Conference: Happening this week!

Back in a previous life (early March), my wife and I were preparing for a nice long weekend in Boston where, among other things, I was going to do a presentation at the International Business Innovation Association’s (InBIA) annual conference.  … Continue reading

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Local Startup Rates and the Gig Economy

I’ve long written and spoken about the important role of independent and gig economy workers as part of a region’s core base of entrepreneurs.  While many of these workers are simply pursuing additional income, a large share are building businesses … Continue reading

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New Issue of EntreWorks Insights Now Available

We’ve just produced a new issue of our regular e-newsletter, EntreWorks Insights,. This issue offers suggestions for community talent attraction strategies as the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic weaken.  We welcome your input and ideas!   You can also subscribe … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development: On-Line Course (June 18-19)

I’ve developed something of a tongue-in-cheek “formula” for what communities should consider doing to help spur recovery after the pandemic:  T + I + E + BRE = R.   Communities that invest in Talent, Infrastructure, Entrepreneurship, and enhanced Business Retention … Continue reading

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Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions

Our shambolic response to COVID-19 presents us with many bitter and painful lessons.  One set relates to scenario planning.   We’re obviously not very good at it, and, when we actually do advance scenario planning, we ignore the results.  It probably … Continue reading

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