The Edward Lowe Foundation is offering a free webcast, "A Beginner's Guide to Economic Gardening," next month, led by Chris Gibbons, founder of Economic Gardening; and Paul Bateson, General Manager of Economic Gardening at the Edward Lowe Foundation.

This “Beginner’s Guide” is a free online course for program administrators (PAs) or others who are thinking about contracting an Economic Gardening® network in their state or region. It introduces new or potential administrators to the basics of Economic Gardening, along with their role and responsibilities.

The course looks at Economic Gardening’s launch and subsequent evolution, how networks operate, and what kind of outcomes to expect. You’ll learn:

  • Why the program targets Stage 2 companies
  • How Economic Gardening differs from other business assistance
  • Deliverables from the National Strategic Research Team
  • Costs and details of licensing with the NCEG for a pilot program
  • Roles and responsibilities of PAs
  • How to find and work with partners
  • Ideas for funding sources
  • How to find, qualify and enroll eligible companies and manage their expectations
  • Assisting companies beyond their initial engagement

The webinar will take place on October 4, 2017, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Get more information and sign up here.

Be sure to check out our podcast interview with Economic Gardening founder, Chris Gibbons, too. And don't miss this handy list of ideas for encouraging entrepreneurship in your town.

(Top photo by Markus Spiske)


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