Its is pretty universally accepted that our economic development resources need to shift toward the development of new economy jobs, and that entrepreneurs are the foundation for that. We need to grow jobs by ones and twos, and focus on the "right" kind of businesses, those that show the greatest probability of growth or "second stage
" businesses. The Edward Lowe Foundation has a FREE tool
for communities to use to gather information and data about the business activity in their area which is a critical first step in economic gardening
, or the practice of growing existing businesses within your community. Where does your community and region stand? How can you cultivate your economic garden?