How creating your budget proposal is different in 2021

Posted on January 19, 2021 by Sandy Dubay and filed under Annual Report, budget proposals, Business Development.

It’s that time of year again… Time to work on budget proposals for the upcoming July 1 fiscal year! However, in 2021, making the budgetary “ask” needs be done a little differently. COVID isn’t finished yet, and neither are the impacts of it. It’s imperative to think both long-term and short-term about budget needs as …

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How will you support local businesses over the holiday season?

Posted on October 8, 2020 by Sandy Dubay and filed under Business Development, Economic Development.

As we get closer to the holiday season, it’s important to think about how we can support our local shops, restaurants, and other retailers in the community. Last year, we might have just given local businesses specialized attention on days like Small Business Saturday. This year requires more strategic and purposeful planning about how to …

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Now’s the time to strengthen your “bragging” muscle

Posted on September 30, 2020 by Sandy Dubay and filed under Business Development, Economic Development.

Today we’re talking about the importance of sharing your story – and why it’s more important now than ever. Once COVID hit, EDOs and tourism organizations had to scramble to keep up with all of the new, pressing demands. You’ve had to create, promote, and execute on brand new funding programs, requiring extensive staff time and …

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7 tips to feel more confident on Zoom

Posted on September 24, 2020 by Sandy Dubay and filed under Business Development, Communications, Video.

When you first had to move your in-person meetings to Zoom, were you ready for it, or did it overwhelm you? Initially, you might have had to adjust to Zoom in some of the following ways: Figuring out the technology to set up and schedule calls Getting comfortable with the webcam (and figuring out how …

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The importance of embracing virtual communications

Posted on September 18, 2020 by Sandy Dubay 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 Dubay 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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