One lesson that I have learned over the past 20 years as an entrepreneur is that when there is a great catastrophe, there is also a great opportunity. I am not talking about taking advantage of those that are affected by the catastrophe, but rather providing innovative solutions to those that have been affected by…Details
GIS, franchise growth and economic recovery – go hand in hand. Rick Grossmann of Franchise Matchmaker recently sent this compilation of franchise facts and statistics to me from Brandon Gaille & azfranchises.com, that point out how franchises are helping the economy to recover. GIS is an effective tool that franchises use to select the best site for success and…Details
Back in the late 60’s (yes, I am dating myself) I attended college in Pueblo Colorado. At that time it was a town dominated by the presence of the CF&I steel mill. At that time it was rather a dirty, grungy place to be. Today, however, Pueblo is a lush, green, homey community blessed with…Details
Anoka County, Minnesota (home to Garrison Keillor & Lake Wobegon) Has signed on for an Economic Gardening pilot program with the National Center for Economic Gardening & the Edward Lowe Foundation. GeoWize will be providing the GIS support for this pilot.
At GeoWize, our mission is to build our economy by creating jobs. That is why we have aligned ourselves with the Economic Gardening concept, and work directly with the National Center for Economic Gardening. Every day more and more municipalities, counties, states, and other economic development entities are acknowledging the fact that the greatest job…Details
Addison County, Vermont is firing up their Economic Gardening program in conjunction with the NCEG & the Edward Lowe Foundation: http://www.addisonindependent.com/201208four-local-companies-plow-economic-gardening
The first state pilot program that the National Center for Economic Gardening (NCEG), and the National Strategic Research Team (NSRT), of which GoeWize is the founding GIS member, embarked on was the Florida, GrowFL, program. It was a huge success, and is now in its third year of operation creating more jobs in Florida to…Details
Nancy Lanard from Spadea, Lanard, & Lignana, Attorneys at Law, posted the following article on due diligence for franchisees: http://www.spadealaw.com/blog/2012/07/18/due-diligence-prospective-franchisees?goback=.gde_67633_member_135863231. Here is my reply posting: Nancy, Your comments are absolutely “right on” when it comes to selecting a franchisor. Once a franchisee selects the “right” retail, B2C franchisor, there is a very important next step…Details