Business advice… and a TV show review

I was flipping through the channels this morning and ran across a “reality” business makeover show on A&E called “We Mean Business“. Don’t expect a lot of sound, in-depth small business advice, but it did have a certain entertainment value — just remember all problems aren’t solved in 22 minutes. The value-add for the entrepreneur: recognize that you may need help to succeed in your business and don’t be afraid to seek assistance.

Business assistance may come from many sources such as your attorney, your accountant, knowledgeable friends, personal research, or from economic development related organizations ( has some of these listed for the Hickman County, Tennessee area). The important thing to remember is that you are responsible for being THE expert on YOUR business, but there are a lot of good sources to help you become a better entrepreneur.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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