Life-Long Learners: Professional Development for Small Business

Staying at the top of your game is always a challenge.  Creating a community of “life-long learners” is a key goal of our local school district.  But actually committing yourself to constant study and improvement is a real challenge once you finish school. This is especially true for small business owners.  WIth the relentless pressure…

Bridging December to March

The holiday crowds went home.  People are starting diets, paying off their credit card debt and focusing on new year’s resolutions.  On top of that, it is cold, icy and gray outside. Welcome to the retail doldrums.  This is when things get cranky.  Business owners are waking up with last year’s hangover.  Maybe their numbers…

Organic Growth vs Intentional Development

Saturday morning’s iGov session was a gift to those of us wishing we were still in grad school:  a somewhat academic but intriguing overview of urban planning, values-based economic development and the role of community engagement in designing plans and strategies to direct growth, investment and density.  The workshop provided both context and commentary on…