If you ever wished you could beat the local authorities over the head with a 2×4 until they understood “business,” here’s an idea that might help you. Georia’s Department of Economic Development is designating “Entrepreneur-Friendly Communities.”
“Designated communites have sent their community leaders through a training process, and have established a system that allows them to map local assets and identify entrepreneurial strengths and weaknesses. The process provides them with tools and resources that help identify what local business owners need, and to design effective strategies for assisting them, or if necessary, getting out of the way. This program is an interesting model for getting community leaders and elected officials more engaged in promoting entrepreneurship.”
I’m not big on yet another asset mapping strategy. I am excited about getting those community leaders engaged, and giving them a new perspective on business.
You could promote adopting this strategy statewide, or just get together with some other local business people and promote it in your town and county. Then you could put away the 2×4.
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Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband have a small cattle ranch and are lifelong entrepreneurs. Becky is an international speaker on small business and rural topics.