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,...

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, I...

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 of toilet tubes and an empty soda can 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...

So you probably think this blog is about me.

I gave a lot of thought about what I should write about this month. There seems to be no shortage of topics to cover about economic development and entrepreneurship. But I feel that over the last two years I may have covered most of the subjects people beside me would...

Those who can’t follow, lead.

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership lately.  It’s not necessarily my fault. Hardly a day goes by when we’re not bombarded with the latest notions and pseudo-epiphanies about what a leader should or shouldn’t be. Last year alone, almost 1,500 paperbacks were...

It’s the talent, stupid!

Are you sitting down? Good. I want the world to know that I think recruiting business is the most effective economic development strategy around. What? Has Maury finally lost it? For years you’ve heard me speak and write that recruitment is the devil’s work. And now I...

Joy to the world.

I saw the movie Joy the other day. It is the story of the inventor of the Miracle Mop and the dynasty its inventor created all because she wouldn’t let go of her dreams. If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the Reader’s Digest version: “Facing betrayal, treachery, the...

Time to start a resolution!

January!! It’s the time for the thousands of years old tradition of making resolutions for the coming year. It’s the time of reflections and promises. And, for me, it’s the time to promise eating fewer chocolate chip cookies—oops, already broken—and for some, it’s a...

The 365 Days of November

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....

No such thing as a dumb question.

We don’t come into the world knowing all the answers. So, growing up, we ask a lot of questions in order to figure things out and solve the problems we face. The problems and mysteries get more complex as we get older and we ask more complex questions. A friend of...

Check it out!

As a young boy, I never liked libraries. It wasn’t because of the musty smell of a thrift store or the scowling librarian who insisted on total silence or because I could never figure out the Dewey Decimal System or the bad jokes like  How do librarians file melted...

An now, an encore…

While most people think of July as the month for family vacations, outdoor barbecues or investing in a better air conditioning unit my mind is trying to figure out Medicare enrollment forms.  Yes, this is the month I turn 65. Research tells me that I am just one of...

Which comes first…?

When I first entered into this sometimes inscrutable profession of helping communities help themselves, the name of the organization I joined was the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. But community developers and economic developers were...

Eat local. Shop local. Fund local.

The presidential campaign is upon us and for the next 17 months our mailboxes, our computers and our television screens  will be crammed with  requests  from candidates and supporters making promises and asking for money.  One presidential hopeful recently said that...

It’s in your court.

Watching the current NCAA basketball tournament reminded me of when I was young, and like so many young people, imagined the excitement of my team making it to the final playoffs.  I saw myself making that winning jump shot in the last second (I perfected making the...

Don’t be a sour puss.

What do you call a kitten that drinks lemonade?  A sour puss. “Where is Maury going with this?” you are asking yourself.  Well, here’s another one:  What do you call a child that makes lemonade?  An entrepreneur. While many adults spent February talking about the...

No, BRE is not a French cheese.

Here we are.  February.  The longest 28 days of the year that are usually too cold and dark with just a hint of soon-to-come longer days of light.   Also, its the month of coming to terms with your new year’s resolutions that did not even last a month.  (My chocolate...

Time to start a resolution.

January!! It’s the time for the thousands of years old tradition of making resolutions for the coming year. It’s the time of reflections and promises. And, for me, it’s the time to promise eating fewer chocolate chip cookies—oops, already broken—and for some, it’s a...

Happy sales to you…

Welcome to the holiday issue.  For many economic development professionals, especially those working with entrepreneurs and local expansion of products and services, this time of year provides for an absolute no-nonsense metric:  Sales over the course of a few short...
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