Focusing on organic job growth in communities statewide.
It’s a hard lesson some communities must learn along the way. A big company leaves, and with it jobs. Hopes of a new employer coming to town are dashed by intense competition and deep pockets. In need of work, people move away, and when they do, the very soul of the community withers and wastes away. But there is a way to retain that intellectual wealth and economic vitality. By focusing on entrepreneurship and small business growth, communities can flourish organically, creating jobs, filling empty storefronts and keeping future generations engaged and in residence.
Spearheaded by the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness, the state’s Startup 365 Washington strategy is designed to keep economic and intellectual wealth in communities throughout Washington. It has not only gained the support of local economic developers, but is part of Governor Inslee’s long-term economic development efforts to create more quality jobs statewide.
Our goal with Startup 365 Washington is to re-energize these communities and businesses with the entrepreneurial spirit, whether they are large or small. Technology allows people to live and work where they want to these days and it is Startup 365’s goal to provide the tools, resources, education and training needed to start, grow and expand a business anywhere in the state. Entrepreneurship is not just about education; it’s about successful adulthood.
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The first known New Year’s resolutions for bettering oneself started in the 1780’s and usually were of the pious nature. But in 1943, the great American folksinger, Woody Guthrie wrote a 33 item list of resolutions called “New Year’s Rulin’s”. They included practical, personal humorous and hopeful things for him to do that would make him a better father, husband, and human being. To this day, seventy years later, his resolutions have weathered the test of time as “rulin’s” that everyone can live by.
I am no Woody Guthrie, but I thought I would look at last year’s resolutions to see if they still made sense for practitioners to continue them for 2016.
I miss November. Don’t get me wrong, December is a nice month, even a great one. Everybody gets to celebrate their own holiday, how cool is that? There are the more well-known holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. And there are the less well known like St. Lucia Day or Ramadan. Hindus celebrate Pancha Ganapati while Buddhists enjoy enlightenment on Bodhi Day. If that’s not enough some people even welcome December with Festivasm a parody made popular by Jerry Seinfeld. I count at least 43 holidays celebrated by people for at least one day during December.read more
The vote is pretty much in with a message repeated across the vast and varied spectrum of media regarding what is increasingly required for an individual to succeed in his or her personal and professional life. Innovative entrepreneurs have provided for disruptive pressures on the conduct of business for consecutive decades. What still seems bewildering to many of the older generations is simply the way it is to the younger ones and credit for coping is consistently being given to a few character building blocks. The author of this well documented and page-turner of a book was and is a notorious disruptive entrepreneur himself, although he describes his own childhood and youth as being a total loser.
“The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the master”. Some of you may recognize that quote from Darth Vader in the 1977 Star Wars film. But that quote may also apply to the new Assistant Director for the Office of Economic Development and Competiveness. It was more than 10 years ago when Chris Green enrolled in my class, the Northwest Basic Economic Development Course in Ellensburg Washington. In that time he has gone from an eager and bright young student to an experienced economic developer and my immediate supervisor.