As you may have noticed, we occasionally take a trip to one of our Extension programs found across the country. Today we are headed to Alabama to check in with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES). Gary Lemme, Director, is our guest blogger.
One of the components of ACES is it’s Economic Development Unit. There you will find help on business growth and development , careers, community engagement, and tourism. The help offered comes through education and training, publications, videos, and a collection of resources.
One of the more recent efforts has been business round tables held at the county level. These are for both current and new businesses. They are done over the noon hour, a time when business owners can get away.
The round table programs use material from their YouTube Channel found in their Virtual Entrepreneur Center.
Gary comments that ACES views economic development reaching from the farm to Main Street and on to the industrial parks. All of this is viewed as a whole, as a continuum of economic growth and development.
The noon meetings have been well attended and have had great interaction.
If you live in Alabama, these meetings are a great opportunity to network and get answers to your questions. And if you are just traveling through, they would welcome your attendance.
Similar efforts can be found in other states. Of course, you also will want to attend the monthly Power of Business First Friday Chats, a 15-minute opportunity to learn and share each month at 11:15 am CT. Our first chat for 2016 will be February 5th .
Check out PowerofBusiness.net for more information.