The data you need to track in a COVID world

Posted on July 8, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development, Economic Development.

When it comes to budget justifications, sometimes we assume that our stakeholders and elected officials know how much time, energy, and resources it takes to do a particular project.  For example, we assume they understand:  The amount of handholding you do with business owners The amount of time it takes to create and review a …

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Why not make this 3-day weekend a “staycation?”

Posted on July 1, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development, Tourism.

The past few months have been some of the most stressful ever for anyone in economic development and tourism industries. Along with supporting our communities, it’s important to also figure out how to support our teams, clients, and ourselves during this time! Taking some time off this summer is a great way to do that! …

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Mental health support tips for your team

Posted on June 24, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development.

We’re all aware of the physical health risks of COVID, as well as the economic impact. What isn’t talked about so much is the challenges to mental health at this time, such as: Isolation with little to no social contact Fear and overwhelm about our current world situation Oversaturation of media and social media Unknown …

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3 steps towards creating more diversity and inclusion

Posted on June 17, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development, Public Relations.

Earlier this year, I was a speaker at Interise 2020, a 3-day event where we explored sustainable solutions for closing the wealth gap and ending systemic inequality. Attending the event was an amazing learning experience for me and very eye-opening. Today, I’m sharing 3 takeaways from the conference which we can all apply while working …

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Creating progress with economic inclusivity

Posted on June 10, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Economic Development, Video.

Today, I want to introduce you to my friend and colleague Jay Mason. Jay is a community leader in Frederick, a member of the school board, and a commercial real estate broker. We first met as students at Shepherd University 29 years ago! We reconnected for lunch this past January and got into a long …

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How I created my best team ever during the pandemic

Posted on June 3, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Blog, Business Development.

There are inherent challenges that come with communicating in the workplace, such as generational differences and different learning styles.  On top of that, over the past few months, many of us have had to adjust to working separately in our own homes. (Remember the good ole’ days when you could ask a coworker a quick …

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