Growing Small Business
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL MOST LIKELY BE RESCHEDULED IN EARLY DECEMBER. FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED, YOU WILL NOT NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR A NEW SAVE-THE DATE NOTICE COMING OUT SHORTLY
“National surveys show that existing and start-up businesses account for more than 90% of new business investment and jobs in any community. The question is, “How can communities, especially small ones with little or no economic development staff or budgets, help their own businesses grow and prosper?” This session will answer this question and many others that address stimulating local businesses such as: “What creative things are small communities doing to create growth”? “What can limited staff do to assist existing businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups”? “What unique economic development problems and opportunities exist in small and rural communities?”
To answer these questions, we’ll start with Will Lambe, a researcher with the University of North Carolina who has studied and written about 50 small and rural communities that have done unique things to create growth in his book, “Small Towns, Big Ideas“. He’ll present his findings on the unique things these small communities have done to spur economic development that is appropriate for their size. You’ll be amazed to hear from this nationally know researcher what some of them have done with their limited economic development staffs and budgets.
Following him will be the originator of the concept of “economic gardening”, Chris Gibbons of Littleton, CO. Chris and his staff pioneered the concept more than 20 years ago and developed techniques for assisting existing businesses and helping them grow and prosper. He will detail in a workshop setting the assistance Littleton has provided to its businesses and what impact it has had on the city.
In the end, you’ll have learned techniques from these two nationally recognized speakers for helping your local businesses grow and prosper and ways to stimulate growth in your community.
Where: Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London
Turnpike, Norwich, CT
Fees — Low Prices Again for 2010
Member of a sponsoring organization: $20
Towns: Pay for 3, get everyone else free!
Deadline to register is September 3, 2010
Mail your registration to:
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141
Contact: Karol Jimenez at 860-665-5143
with the following information:
Number of Attendees
Amount Enclosed (make checks payable to CEDAS)
City, State, Zip:
Limited seating, register early!