Monday, June 23, 2008

Entrepreneurial Websites

There were a number of websites that several people talked about at the Economic Gardening Gathering in Steamboat Springs. A couple really intrigued me.

Mark Lange head of the Edward Lowe Foundation in Cassopolis, MI, a foundation focused upon entrepreneurship that was started by the entrepreneur who turned cat litter into a gold mine, introduced YourEconomy. This wonderful new website ties together information from a number of data sources to allow people to take a closer look at the business activity in their local community.

Drilling down on the website, I found that in Routt County (Steamboat’s county), the percentage of jobs of Stage Two Companies (10-99 employees), which Lowe feels will “transform high-potential and steady-growth companies into gazelles”, is 44%. This compares to only 34% in the USA and 39% in CO. While all of the categories on the site aren’t completed, this is a site that I’ll have bookmarked and use extensively.

Kay Reynolds and Carolyn Usinger introduced a very powerful website called Tools for Business Success which can be seamlessly linked to a local website. This site provides all of the local, state and national forms needed to start a new business as well as providing valuable training and evaluation tools for small business. It is one of the best that I’ve seen.

Communities provide local pictures and special local websites and Kay and Carolyn set up the site for $200 plus a $125/month fee. Get on their site and be sure to check out their “grade your website” which allows you to evaluate the effectiveness of websites and also the financial scorecard tools.

Other websites that were mentioned at the conference that you might want to check out are: and Power points of the presentations are available at

After I did this post I had some difficulty in getting the link to Tools for Business Success to link up. The website is

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