The importance of embracing virtual communications

Posted on September 18, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development, Communications, Strategic Communication.

Remember when it seemed like lockdown would last about a month or two? Here we are, nearly 7 months later. During this time, the terms “pivot” and “new normal” became an everyday part of our language as businesses and organizations have had to figure out how to keep going under new restraints and circumstances. As …

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Feeling overwhelmed? Let’s talk.

Posted on July 29, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development, Economic Development, Strategic Communication.

If you’re an economic developer, you’ve truly been a frontline responder during the COVID crisis. As many businesses in your community have struggled to stay afloat, you’ve had your hands full supporting them. You may be creating grant programs or unique funding solutions for businesses, which come with a huge influx of work to respond …

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Why we need more Black business owners (3 ways to help)

Posted on July 15, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development, Communications, Economic Development.

Today’s blog is a collaboration between PPR CEO Sandy Sponaugle and our Economic Inclusivity Coordinator, Jay Mason. Jay is a community leader in Frederick, a member of the school board, and a commercial real estate agent. He also brings his perspective as a Black business owner with a passion for creating more economic inclusion in …

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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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