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2015’s Fastest growing markets for small-medium businesses


Fascinating data from PayPal which ranks small and medium business (SMB) growth by the year-over-year growth in total payment volume (TPV). All regions of the country are represented in the data, but what truly stands out are the number of … Continue reading

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Suburban food truck rodeo round-ups


While visiting San Antonio this past spring, several food trucks were lined up around portions of the main government square in the city’s central business district waiting for hungry diners to come bounding out of their office chutes at noon. … Continue reading

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Most innovative USA metros: 2000-2011


Below is a list of the twenty most innovative metropolitan areas in the United States, based on the number of patents issued between 2000 and 2011. Most surprising is the absence of the Research Triangle of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina; … Continue reading

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The ultimate merger of beer and bikes


Just when you’ve seen everything, you stumble across something wholly unexpected. In this case it is bike bars (a.k.a. pedal pubs, pedal cruisers, etc.). These pedal-powered mobile beer bars are starting to pop up in entertainment districts and venues across … Continue reading

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Lansing area logistics to ‘Go Green’


Scheduled to launch in Greater Lansing on Earth Day, 2014 (Tuesday, April 22nd), Go Green Trikes, LLC            (here’s the Facebook weblink) is the brainchild of local green business entrepreneur, Yvonne LeFave. Utilizing heavy-duty electric-assisted cargo trikes capable of … Continue reading

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A bolder thesis from Boulder


I finished reading an excellent economic development planning and entrepreneurship book a week or so ago. It is entitled Startup Communities by entrepreneur and author Brad Feld. In the book, Mr. Feld adeptly describes how the Boulder, Colorado startup community began, … Continue reading

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“Bad” can be good


I recently made a short trip south to a newer craft brewer located in the Ingham County seat of Mason, Michigan. The Bad Brewing Company opened in mid-2012 in a handsome historic building just off Courthouse Square. I’ll be honest … Continue reading

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Cool surfing shops of Cocoa


While carvin’ a course in the Space Coast of Florida last week, which also happens to be home to the East Coast’s Surfing Capital in Cocoa Beach, I stumbled upon a radical line of footgear whose genesis was in the … Continue reading

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The U.P.’s legend of Stormy Kromer


Most of you, who are not from Michigan or Wisconsin, are probably wondering who the heck is Stormy Kromer and why am I writing about him. Well, to put it simply, he and his wife Ida invented a wonderfully comfortable … Continue reading

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The macro and micro of place


  “Placemaking” is a popular catch-phrase among politicians, planners, and economic development experts these days. Generally, everyone knows what they like in certain places and they would like to see such amenities replicated, particularly in those locations that may be lacking them. However, … Continue reading

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