Economic development connections

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Economic development connections can relate to the growth of a business, an individual's work potential and a family's financial security. It is a matter of planning, being strategic and using common sense and wisdom. Here are thoughts in the three areas:

Growth of a business: It is a must to have an open mind and open heart. The more we listen to others, the more we can see and know where and how we can improve, grow and create successful connections.

• Pay close attention to each and every team member and customer. Listen carefully to what they are sharing with you regarding their wants, needs and interests.

• Get to know your competition. Study their marketing strategies. Visit their businesses. Learn from them - what to do and not do.

• Build partnerships with other businesses and industries (consider competitors, too). Creating connections of partnership is the way of the future.

• Network and participate with community organizations: chamber of commerce, churches and nonprofits.

Individual work potential: The key actions are being aware, doing your homework (research) and becoming involved with relevant community and industry initiatives.

• Read and ponder the history, current trends, information and the resources of your areas of work and interests.

• Be proactive through attending meetings, setting up information interviews and involvement in various educational and training events.

• Participate as a volunteer and attend community gatherings where you can meet folks and build relationships.

Family financial security: As an individual, couple or family, connect with basic and available resources and tools that you determine are appropriate for your needs and interest.

• Look at a bank or credit institution, even if you don't need or use credit. A checking and savings account and credit or debit card can be necessary and useful.

• As possible and appropriate, investment opportunities can secure your future possibilities and options.

• Explore bartering of your resources and skills.

• Join or create a cooperative: community garden, food bank or equipment sharing.

• Consider self-sustainability initiatives within your family, neighborhood and community.

• Be creative and establish a mindset of sharing with all humanity.

Within all three areas, some level of planning is critical. Planning for present and future needs will diminish stress and increase our ability to provide stability and consistency. Since we are likely to face constant change and unknown future circumstances of all kinds, it is important to consider both positive and challenging possibilities. All thinking about planning needs to be strategic in terms of taking actions in the areas of greatest potential and where increased benefits can be achieved now and in the future.

Create connections of shared economic development.

Linnartz - of Empowerment Experts - is a consultant, coach and facilitator of individuals, teams, families and organizations. Comments, questions and suggested topics are welcome. Call (575) 770-4712 or email bernie356@me.com.

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