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Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP
I work as an economic developer consulting with communities and companies developing locations, building communities and identifying and developing workforce. However, my opinions on this blog are free and my own, as is the blog itself.
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 over 20 years experience in economic and workforce development. I have earned and maintain the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council. I have earned a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
- TIGER grants replaced by BUILD grants for local/regional transportation infrastructure
- Happy Economic Development Week!
- An update on Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds
- Have your quality in economic development programs recognized by your peers
- Retail Development Event for Tennessee and Kentucky
- How to ask your local government for money to promote rural tourism
- Happy Pi Day!
- 2018 IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards
- Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds – Another Economic Tool for Your Community?
- Successful Succession Planning for Business
- Opportunity Funds – A new resource for economic development investment
- Business resiliency and planning for disruption
- Helping businesses connect to customers online
- Have a wonderful life this holiday season!
- Small Business Saturday – Better than Black Friday and Cooler than Cyber Monday (Nov. 25th)
- 2017 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic & Community Development
- 2017 IEDC Annual Conference
- Dove hunting season or shooting for tourism growth
- Disaster and Disruption Planning for Communities and Companies
- I put a dollar in a change machine and I didn’t get it
- Workforce development for advanced manufacturing in the Cheatham County region
- Cheatham County May 2017 unemployment rate lowest in nearly 2 decades
- 2017 Tennessee Economic and Community Development Conference
- Tennessee Reconnect: Help for adults to go back to college
- How do you measure your workforce?
- The It’s a Wonderful Life EDO
- Why Invest in Economic Development
- Tennessee Rural Economic Development Conference
- A post with economic development tied to a haiku, it’s true!
- Right turn on LOCAL CITIZENS WHO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STREET
Category Archives: entrepreneurship
It is that time of year to look back and reminisce. In my job, that also applies. I have begun working to update our Business Resource Guide that I developed and send out to our industrial companies every year. I … Continue reading
The Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce and we (Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board) have some good information on our websites for starting a business in Cheatham County, but I am happy to point you to other resources … Continue reading
If you are considering starting a business in Cheatham County or you just want to know more about starting and growing a business in Tennessee, the Tennessee Smart Start Guide published by the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development … Continue reading
BusinessUSA provides a technology based portal for assistance that the U.S. government can give to business. Designed to be a one-stop shop, this includes information on business planning, operations, marketing, finance, etc. and programs that provide financial assitance and connections … Continue reading
Addressing both rural brain drain and economic development (rural job creation and capital investment,) this post, “Could EntrepreneurShip Investigation Help Keep Your Youth at Home?“, tells of the ESI: EntrepreneurShip Investigation program hosted by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln … Continue reading
Franchises can be a great way to get into a business. They provide a model to become successful. However, just like any business, you need to do your research and develop your own business plan. SBA, the Small Business Administration, … Continue reading
Startup Tennessee is a new initiative to support entrepreneurship in Tennessee.
Yesterday, I watched the JOBS4TN Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program webinar, which provided information on the accelerator program and the process of applying for the grant funding. Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development plans to award grant funding to help establish … Continue reading
Be not afraid of business success: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them
“Entrepreneurship: A Look at the Nature-Nurture Debate” on WSJ.com explores whether entrepreneurs are born for business or whether entrepreneurship is something that anyone can learn. Either way, Hickman County tries to provide support to the natured, nurtured or anyone else … Continue reading
Some rural communities ask why won’t someone come in and start a business. Some communities support and develop local entrepreneurs like America’s youngest grocer. Maybe we’ve lost that last generation off the family farm or we overly celebrated those good … Continue reading
I am convinced, technology make our life easier. Back in the old days (pre-internet), entrepreneurs had to burn shoe-leather trying to jump through all those hoops of starting a business. Unless one was lucky, a hoop was missed, wasting time … Continue reading
“How to Achieve Your Small Business Start-Up Success Story: Use Social Media, Talk to Others in Your Industry, Expert Says“
Entrepreneurship training can be a challenge. Some people start their business not knowing what they don’t know. Some need to learn more to grow their business and don’t have or don’t take the time to learn how to sustain it. … Continue reading
Ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? Maybe the thing is “what you know about who you’ll know.” To learn how to know more people and create a positive relationship, check out “Build Your … Continue reading
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday in ‘Business Formation Tumbles 10% in Wealthiest Countries‘ that “(t)he number of entrepreneurs starting new businesses dropped 10% in the wealthiest nations last year and fell 24% in the U.S., according to a report … Continue reading
“How to Decide if Entrepreneurship is Right for You” from The Wall Street Journal offers another tool for someone who wants to start a business. For other tools, check out other entries on this blog or the www.business.hickmantn.org site.
The blog post, “Students in 18 Appalachian Kentucky counties to get education in entrepreneurship“, in The Rural Blog tells of implementation of a great idea. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) suggested in a position paper to the 111th Congress … Continue reading
I would love to see more people with the passion this entrepreneur has for his business.
Inc. magazine’s website, Inc.com has an article “10 Free (or cheap) Tools for Start-ups” that might be helpful for new or existing business. I haven’t used all of them, but check them out for business technology help.
I read an interesting article this morning in the New York Times on Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, a book that I would highly recommend. In the book, Mr. Collins uses a lot of research that basically details … Continue reading
I was revisiting business assistance websites for entrepreneurs, business start-ups and business managers this morning and I just wanted to highlight www.business.gov . It is especially helpful with information on how business interfaces with government. Not only does it include … Continue reading
Is now a good time to start a business or implement innovatation in your existing business? Could very well be….. check out this post from the Kauffman Foundation blog, “In Good Times and Bad, Innovation Can’t Wait“.
Starting and operating your own business is as individual as you are. There are many ways to go about it and many businesses that can be successful. If you are focused on being green, maybe it would be worth checking … Continue reading
In a post on The Rural Blog this week, there is another report that entrepreneurship is on the rise. In thie post, “Self-employment rises in depopulating rural areas “, a sociologist from the University of Nebraska reports that entrepreneurship is … Continue reading
The Economist magazine has a section of stories on entrepreneurship in its March 14 – 20th issue. Though the magazine leans toward the wonkier side of economic development, The Ecomomist articles have information that would appeal to the business owner. … Continue reading
Our entrepreneurship workshops continue successfully at the Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association office. Funded by South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance and supported by Columbia State Community College Economic Development, this is an eight week series for current business … Continue reading
It’s all about risk. In these times, one may be so concerned by future job prospects that exploring putting his or her skills and ideas on the marketplace doesn’t seem as risky as it once did. Best of all, some … Continue reading
The entrepreneurship workshop series is ongoing in Hickman County. Last night, our second session on small business featured Scott Powers who spoke about accounting concerns of small business — from maintaining records to tax issues. Last week, Tennessee Business Resource … Continue reading
There was enough interest in the workshop series on starting a business and becoming an entreprenuer that it is in the works! The first of eight sessions has been tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:00pm on Tuesday, February 10th in … Continue reading
South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance is holding an informational session (it’s free!) on starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur that we will participate. We will gather in the training/conference room at the Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association … Continue reading