Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in 2023 and Beyond

5 Strategies We Use to Identify Great Startups Yesterday, while sitting on stage at TiEcon Southwest, I was asked to answer the most difficult question facing all early-stage venture capital investors: “What information do you use to identify great startups?”  This is such a difficult question to answer because there is so little information available to forecast the potential for…

Founder Focused Economic Development: 5 Keys to Small Business Success

5 Keys to Small Business Success Almost every city in America—large and small, rural and urban, coastal and inland—is looking for new and creative ways to attract and grow new small businesses in their communities.  Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and provide several critical resources to the health of a city including job creation, revenues to…

What Is Economic Development?

How Government & Business Work Together to Grow the Economy We often hear that “government should run more like a business”.  Typically, this statement is meant to imply that the private sector is more innovative, creative, and efficient—that the American economy would grow more if only government would get out of the way.  This is a common assumption in American…