Grow Your Own: A Beginner’s Guide to Economic Gardening
“Grow Your Own” is a free online course for program administrators (PAs) or others who are thinking about starting 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
To recap, this free course is a deeper dive for individuals who are thinking about starting an Economic Gardening network. It is not intended for professionals involved in the daily operations of a program; they require training and certification outlined here.
Our next “Grow Your Own” webinars are scheduled for:
• January 18, 2017, from 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern time
• March 1, 2017, from 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern time
• June 7, 2017, from 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern time
• September 27, 2017, from 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern time
The webinar covers launching and operating an Economic Gardening program. Content is provided by: Chris Gibbons, founder of Economic Gardening; Penny Lewandowski, vice president of external relations and strategic direction at the Edward Lowe Foundation; and Colleen Killen-Roberts, the foundation’s director of entrepreneurship. The webinar will run from 2-4 p.m. EDT. Contact Rita Phillips to register.
Certification and training
The majority of Economic Gardening programs use our National Strategic Research Team (NSRT) for company engagements. If you’re interested in joining the NSRT or just want to take a deeper dive into Economic Gardening, learn more about our certification and training.
What people are saying ...
“I was impressed how quickly the team leader was able to grasp what we did and what our challenges might be. Economic Gardening is a fantastic vehicle for helping companies who are in growth mode. It’s one of the best models I’ve seen to stimulate job creation.”
— Ryan Blundell, founder of Master Technology Group in Minneapolis