We’re in Canada, so we may not be able to participate, but we’re definitely interested in a study. We’ve been interfacing with local, regional and provincial leaders consulting of how the service based companies or SME (Small, medium sized Enterprises) community is the true economic engine for communities. These SME’s start, grow and stay in their communities, while startups tend to move out. Service based small business end up buying homes, raising kids and contributing to the culture and economy. Some startups do, and more and more BODs are seeing the benefit of keeping their startups in the community they birth in. it’s a cool trend.
The point is, it’s the SMEs that drive a local economy. Start ups are sexy and can help grow a digital sector, and create buzz and should be given attention, but the long term effect is still in favor of SMEs I suspect. Our space has both Service based and start ups, but mostly SMEs.
I’m pitching for a public private partnership with local gov AND incorporate incubator and accelerator programs all together and am getting some traction with some municipalities, but it’s not an easy go.
Last point… Don’t wait for or rely on government to get it or help or whatever. They have resources to help, but as Brad Feld says, the entrepreneurs have to lead the way. The strong, sustainable startup cultures are seeded by grassroots efforts and lead by passionate entrepreneurs.
On 2014-05-11, at 1:26 PM, Katherine Warman Kern [email protected] wrote:
I’m writing because I am the dog who caught the car. I need help.
Recently, I met with the economic development staff person for our congressman, Jim Himes.
We had a long talk about why our focus is on the Independent Creative Professional community rather than being a start up incubator.
I don’t have anything against start up incubators. But we started COMRADITY because we are independent marketing creative professionals and we wanted a place where we would want to work. We not only took a risk by signing a long term lease and investing in the facility. We are committed to using our business network and reputation to make our members more visible. We are dedicated to helping them connect with businesses who aren’t looking for the cheapest way to repeat what they did last year, but a fresh new idea that is specifically relevant to their business situation and the results they are aiming for.
Over time I have become increasingly aware that the government, businesses, and the community don’t “get us”. And this conversation with our congressman’s economic development staff person was no different. Except that she was very curious to learn more. So I sent her an email with a write up of everything I’ve learned about the world of independents.
I never heard back from her, until friday, when she called to say that Congressman Himes wants to come for a tour and is putting it on the press schedule . . .ON MONDAY - that’s tomorrow.
So I’ve written a post here: http://www.comradity.com/comradity/2014/05/labels-schmabels.html
Here’s what you can do to help me. I’d like to recommend to Congressman Himes that the government fund a study of coworking members to better understand their economic impact, the hurdles they face and what it would take to lower their business risks. I’d like to tell him that this community would like to collaborate to design and field the study.
So, what’s the fastest way to find out who and how many of you would participate in the design of the study and the fielding of it?
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