Memphis – Shelby County Economic Gardening Trial Program : Recruitment Session
Small businesses represent 99.7 % of employer firms, employ 50% of all private sector employees, and create more than half of the nations’ private GDP – impressive statistics tells us small businesses are important to the U.S. economy. While we embrace the value of small businesses in the local community, economic developers and community leaders may wonder how to best support them in their transformation into thriving, long – term sustainable businesses that grow jobs and provide maximum impact in the community.
One current solution currently being tested is Economic Gardening – a strategy used successfully in local communities across the country to implement traditional business recruitment and retention strategies. Economic Gardening allows communities to search their back yard for rich sources of entrepreneurial and small business activities to grow and sustain strong local economies. This strategy has the potential to enhance place – based neighborhood transformation initiatives now underway in Memphis and Shelby County.
Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis and Shelby County and the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team are hosting an Economic Gardening Recruitment Session with the following goals in mind:
» Recap from last year’s Economic Gardening 101 Session
» Explain how this strategy benefits local economic growth
» Recruit companies to participate from Innovation Delivery Team focus areas and municipalities in Shelby County
Please RSVP by Thursday, August 22nd to Dorian Spears (email@example.com).
Friday, August 23rd | 8:30 – 10:00 AM
Memphis BioWorks Foundation – Auditorium
20 South Dudley, Memphis, TN 38103
Continental Breakfast will be provided