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South Dakota Rural Enterprise Opportunity Roundup - community development information, resources, programs, and ideas

Rural Entrepreneur Development Resources
Many resources for entrepreneurs are available online. While some of these are of local focus, much material is general and can be applied in other regions. Click here for more...

College-based economic gardening
Question: “I am interested in starting a local Economic Gardening program through a local college. I remember in the past discussions about U of Hartford and Cal State San Bernardino having such programs. Can anyone give me info about these programs and others they know about?” Click here for more...

Cultivating desirable businesses downtown
What powers does a local government really have over protecting a historic downtown district from being overrun with "undesirable" businesses? By undesirable, I am referring not just to a type of business, but an excessive quantity of a certain type of business. While the obvious answer is zoning, is this really the best approach? Click here for more...

Economic development defined
“The economy is…pretty biological, namely it expands and contracts on a natural basis (almost like breathing)….During expansion/innovation phases it increases the number of new products, new companies, new jobs, the amount of wealth and hope and opportunity. Then markets saturate and there is a shakeout period." Click here for more...

Economic gardening - a definition
“Economic Gardening is growing local economies by nurturing entrepreneurial businesses. These can be both start-ups and existing businesses who want to grow. It does not recruit.” Click here for more...

Economic development software
Can you share with me the software ED organizations utilize that is off-the-shelf, supported by a company rather than an individual? Click here for more...

Economic development versus poverty alleviation
My organization is currently pondering the differences (and similarities) between economic development and poverty alleviation. Since I believe entrepreneurship is a critical link between the two, I thought it would be appropriate to pose the question to all of you economic gardeners. What do you think? Click here for more...

One-page fiscal analysis
We are trying to develop an easy "one-pager" Fiscal Impact Analysis that we can give to applicants such as developers to include in their package. Click here for more...

Benefits of 100,000 residents
Our community will be breaking the 100,000 resident ceiling in the near future, and I was curious about what that means to us. Intuitively we notice that it sounds more impressive to tell people about our community when we say it is a population of 100,000, but I was curious if there were other benefits, like having CPI tracked, or creating our own economy? Click here for more...

Regional economic development leadership resources
Online links to regional economic development leadership resources. Click here for more...

Small retailer resources
I am looking for small business retail marketing resources / ideas that you may have to share with a small business owner that I am assisting. Click here for more...

Basics on starting incubators
Virtual incubation is the easiest way and cheapest way to go. But, we are in a town of 9,400 and rent is not a issue, nor is commute times, nor is access to world-class experts or consultants. Click here for more...

Universities engaged with the community and involved in economic development
“Our University is working on a vision that includes being engaged with the community and involved in economic development. We are looking for names of universities that are excelling in one or both of these areas.” Click here for more...

Rural revitalization in New Mexico
Countless small towns across the country have seen their socioeconomic vitality diminished as businesses close and population declines. These negative outcomes accelerate when the public school in a community closes. Click here for more...

Economic development report card
What are people doing to provide an economic development “report card” of sorts to board and members as well as the community? Click here for more...

Entrepreneurial simulation
Games or simulations can help aspiring entrepreneurs work through the myriad of decisions and variables in starting a new venture. These can be targeted toward youth or adults. Click here for more...

Leadership is...
Things which matter most should never be at the mercy of things which matter least. (Goethe) LEADERSHIP IS … - The act of making a difference. - The ability to achieve results through people. - Who you are when no one is looking. - Knowing what you’re best at, what brings a light to your eyes, and what you most love to do… and then doing it. Click here for more...

Psychology of change
I have been wrestling with the psychology of change for the last couple of years as I try to help our clients (business retention) deal with the ebb and flow of the transformation process from how we used to do things to how we want to do things in the NOW. Click here for more...

Resettling retirees
What are the social and economic challenges that are looming as our population ages, especially the implications for the small and micro business sectors? What about the recruitment of retirees and soon-to-be retirees as a development strategy? Click here for more...

Rural community tax base
Isn't the sales tax the primary source of revenue for the local community? Schools are funded with property taxes. Most of the income tax goes to federal and state levels. Why would rural residents shop out of town? Don’t they understand that shopping locally is better for their small town economy? Click here for more...

Measuring entrepreneurship
How does one measure entrepreneurship across metro regions in the US? Non-farm proprietors employment and non-farm proprietors income (usually as shares of total emp and total inc) from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis compares entrepreneurship "rates" across counties, regions, and states (only a superficial indication of entrepreneurial activity at best). Click here for more...

Television with an Entrepreneurial Slant
Front Range Economic Gardening - Several television shows, both here in the United States and in other countries, focus on entrepreneurial activity. Click here for more...

Tax incentives for economic development
I'm in the process of writing a practioner-level article on tax incentives for economic development, that is focued on the "true" cost of these incentives (i.e., the total cost per job created) and trying to look at how the large amounts of money spent on tax incentives might be used to fund alternative economic development programs. Click here for more...

A partial list of Economic Gardening listserve members
The subject is an entrepreneurial approach to economic development. This is a very old list (since the early ‘90s) and many people have been on it a long time, but the number of new participants is growing almost geometrically. A lot of us know each other, but the quality of the new people joining is exciting. Click here for more...

Thoughts on idea-seeking to create economic opportunity
Instead of waiting for the entrepreneurial people to come to us with "brilliant" ideas, we create, test for feasibility and basically create a "turnkey" style business that could be started in our area given the human, natural and physical resources that are available Click here for more...

Furthering economic development in South Dakota
Creating a common framework for understanding how to further economic development in South Dakota, reflecting on the implications for our individual organizations, work together, and collaborations with others, and applying team learning and other disciplines to these activities. Click here for more...

Bringing people and their businesses back home
Resources, existing programs and ideas that have worked for other (particularly rural) communities. Click here for more...

Interactive Business Assistance websites
Links to publicly-owned interactive business assistance websites that facilitate delivery of economic gardening services. Click here for more...

Growing businesses in growing communities
What companies will a rapidly growing community require in the next 20 years? What businesses and entrepreneurs can be encouraged? Crystal Ball, a powerful software tool, can be used to predict outcomes in complex models. Click here for more...

The creation of wealth & thoughts on the dilemma of free enterprise
Creative destruction occurs when innovation makes old ideas and technologies obsolete. Now wealth is not simply redistributed; it is being captured by a new group/and old group of individuals who are on some kind of leading edge. This leading edge – entrepreneurship - may be simply a twist on old idea. Click here for more...

Local dollars: purchasing locally vs. purchasing out-of-community
When you shop locally-owned businesses, money will stay in the community 3 times longer! Local businesses and artists tend to buy from local suppliers and hire service providers such as printers, accountants, lawyers. This means more jobs in the community. Click here for more...

 

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