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Disappointing News from the SBA

Keith McBride on July 06, 2017 in Ec. Dev. Challenges, Entrepreneurship

In 2015, the towns of Yarmouth, Freeport, Brunswick, Bath and Topsham cooperated to bring a new, SBA-funded business assistance program called “Scale Up” to the area. Amidst the $43.2 million being cut this year from the Small Business Administration is the elimination of Scale Up.  The total cost of the program is…


Why Maine Needs Millennials

Keith McBride on June 21, 2016 in Demographics, Entrepreneurship, Workforce Development

I teach my kids not to say they “hate” things, and I try to set a good example. As a result, I try not to say it, either.  But, since I don’t think my 4 year-old and 6 year-old read this blog, I’m going to go ahead and break my…


The Bathtub Analogy

Keith McBride on November 10, 2014 in Ec. Dev. Challenges, Entrepreneurship, Practicing Ec. Dev.

I am a Chris Gibbons fan, unapologetically. Chris developed a system for economic development called Economic Gardening, and because it is a systemic approach to economic development, rather than an anectdotal one, I can’t possibly summarize it in one sentence.  Quite frankly, it’s a topic for another post.  But as…