Density of Trust and Clarity of Purpose: Building the independent business communities of tomorrow, today

An AccelerateUs: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Local Industrial Revolution conversation.  How does entrepreneurship build a community of people who have the ability to move their city forward -- not just economically, but in every way? How does a community accelerate positive change in its systems, processes and structures?  What does a retired U.S. Army … Continue reading Density of Trust and Clarity of Purpose: Building the independent business communities of tomorrow, today

What We’re Missing: the unique challenges facing Black and low-income entrepreneurs and businesses

An AccelerateUs: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Local Industrial Revolution conversation.  When I filmed this conversation with my longtime friend Willie Hill, I had no clue how relevant this discussion would quickly become.  As white people and white-led organizations have become increasingly aware of the impacts of structural racism on the lives of Black and … Continue reading What We’re Missing: the unique challenges facing Black and low-income entrepreneurs and businesses

Intelligent Business Retention: Data & the difference between good economic development & wasting time

An AccelerateUs: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Local Industrial Revolution conversation.    You might notice that the video of this AccelerateUs conversation looks a little different than other ones in this series.  That's because I let Anatalio Ubalde have some fun giving the first version some mixtape treatment.  It's possible that the altitude or the … Continue reading Intelligent Business Retention: Data & the difference between good economic development & wasting time

Take the helm of your local economy: the present and future of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA)

An AccelerateUs: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Local Industrial Revolution conversation.    In January 2020, I agreed to help my longtime colleague Derek Peebles with his efforts to revitalize and reposition the organization that helped create the Buy Local movement.  For me, this was an opportunity to help advance thinking and doing around … Continue reading Take the helm of your local economy: the present and future of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA)

Find (and apply) the money: On grants and changing public priorities

An AccelerateUs: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Local Industrial Revolution conversation.    I can't think of many planning consultants who commit more to helping their communities than my dear friend Danielle Steinhauser of CT Consultants.  From her early days as a Main Street manager in Toledo through over a decade of consulting, Danielle … Continue reading Find (and apply) the money: On grants and changing public priorities

What you can do, NOW, to help your community

An AccelerateUs: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Local Industrial Revolution conversation.    When you are a leader of a local economy organization, and you're hit with a massive disaster that's beyond your control, what do you do? Panic and run around in circles isn't a good answer.  But the five steps that Isaac … Continue reading What you can do, NOW, to help your community

Leading in a crisis with emotional intelligence

An AccelerateUs: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Local Industrial Revolution conversation.    This conversation gave me time to talk with one of my dear friends and a woman that I so admire for her skills, her insight, her resilience and the authenticity that she brings to everything she does.  I had wanted to … Continue reading Leading in a crisis with emotional intelligence

The future of BR&E: Data tools for direct impact – and the future of economic development. With Anatalio Ubalde, CEO, SizeUP

Talking to Anatalio Ubalde of SizeUp and GISPlanning is like taking a master class in the future of economic development.  No one, in my experience, has a better command of how modern data systems change -- and should change -- how economic development is done.  Anyone trying to figure out how to adapt the work … Continue reading The future of BR&E: Data tools for direct impact – and the future of economic development. With Anatalio Ubalde, CEO, SizeUP

Good Ideas for April 3: The Map’s where it’s At

Today's video gave me a chance to reflect on the movement that many of us are undertaking at the moment: from Panic, to Purpose, and ultimately to Planning. Panic, of course, is where a lot of us have been lately -- "What's going on?  All these people are looking for help??!  What can I do?? … Continue reading Good Ideas for April 3: The Map’s where it’s At

Good Ideas for April 2: Business survival, connection opportunities, and Eat Your Vegetables (or something like that)

Sometimes, when you're a mom, you can't help but Mom.  Today's video started with a reminder to get some exercise, which is... hysterical coming from me.  As I noted, my preferred workout could be described as the Run, Pant, Stagger triathlon.  Especially when choking on pollen.  So don't expect any yoga videos on Wise Economy … Continue reading Good Ideas for April 2: Business survival, connection opportunities, and Eat Your Vegetables (or something like that)