Smarts, Guts, and Luck

In an article in Harvard Business Publishing online, titled “Great Entrepreneur’s Secret: Smarts, Guts, and Luck“, the author discusses how a new business needs someone smart — and not just book smarts. Not that an MBA prevents one from being an entrepreneur (I would hope not!), but an advanced degree is not at all required for success. In fact, those with basic business ‘street smarts’ and willing to do their homework before starting a business will have a better chance of success, no matter if they have a high school diploma or a Masters of Business Administration. For more info on how to increase your smarts, check out the Hickman County Economic Development Assn. business website.

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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