Startup Blog

It’s like having your very own crystal ball.

Starting a business is one of the most exciting and rewarding things a person can ever do.For many, the idea of being your own boss and calling your own shots is simply irresistible. It certainly was for me back in 1993. I was one of the many victims of an upheaval in...

And the award goes to…

I love July.  I love the warm weather, the weekend barbecues, watching the Seattle Mariners valiantly battle for last place, and because I celebrate another year of being born (it’s the 22nd, in case you’re wondering or are in a shopping mood). But, I really love this...

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s economic development!

During my 26-year career in economic development, I got to dabble and later indulge in my secret desire to be a writer. Not a writer of pulp fiction about economic developers lurking in dank alleyways dealing in black market recruitments mind you, but a legitimate...

Evolution of an entrepreneur.

Our lifetimes are filled with firsts that are forever etched in our memories.  Who doesn’t remember their first kiss, first car or first job? Some of these memories are so fresh that we use them as the answers to our security questions. If you’re an entrepreneur,...

Art and culture are worth a thousand jobs.

I have been pretty fortunate in choosing locations where I want to live over these many years. I have resided in some of the best places in America: Houston, New York and Seattle. I have also relocated to some more rural areas such as Eugene, Galveston and Madrid, New...

Start, Stop, Continue.

Yes, the rumors are true. We have brought back our economic development mystic and sage, Maury Forman, to provide us with some guest blogs through the end of June. He assures us that he is still retired, but he still has so much to say, it appears.  When I was young,...

Follow the real leader.

  It has been over 10 years since the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Association of Washington Cities collaborated to produce the Ten Commandments of Community Leadership. This 32-page booklet, illustrated by Pulitzer Prize winner David Horsey,...

I’m BAAAACK!

Friends and colleagues, it’s true. I’ve returned to my old stomping grounds.  It seems that I just can’t stay away from the Washington State Department of Commerce. Wait, I’m acting like everyone knows me – my apologies.  There are a lot of new faces and names out...

WWMD (What Would MacGyver Do?)

Take a roll of duct tape, some Post-It Notes, a couple toilet tubes and an empty soda cans and what have you got?

We’ll if you’re MacGyver, you have everything you need to do in the bad guys, rescue the requisite damsel in distress, save the world and whip up a soufflé for dinner. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ll probably be able to cobble together a new business idea, create a bunch of jobs and help your community grow. Continue Reading WWMD (What Would MacGyver Do?)

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