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Ocala/Marion County Chamber Economic Gardening Workgroup


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Final 2009 Presentation of the Ocala/Marion County Economic Gardening Workgroup

Final 2009 Presentation of the Ocala/Marion County Economic Gardening Workgroup

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  • 1. Economic Gardening Proposal Presentation Ocala Marion County Chamber of Commerce April 9, 2009
  • 2. Economic Gardening : an entrepreneurial approach to growing jobs from within the community by creating a systematic, nurturing environment for local entrepreneurs to prosper and grow. Economic Gardening (EG) integrates within a community’s overall economic development program landscape and complements the creation of jobs through traditional means. Specifically Economic Gardening is a coordinated process with identified support partners and systems that provide tangible assistance to existing small businesses to help them grow, adding jobs in the community.
  • 3. Ocala/Marion County Economic Gardening Model Economic Gardening Portal (Coordinator) CFCC SBDC EDC Ocala/MC Chamber Cities County Workforce Other Partners Other Partners
  • 4. Economic Gardening Business Support Training Market Research Strategic Planning Facilities Cluster Analysis Financing State Agencies Local Connections Entrepreneurial Culture
  • 5.
    • EG Program Recommendation
    • Structure
    • Measure
    • Target Audience
    • Start up Development Partners and Champion
    • Individualized Service
    • Service Partners
    • EG Funding
    • Website Portal
    • Public Awareness
    • Continuous Improvement
    • Program Costs
  • 6.
    • EG Development Objectives
    • Short-term
      • Establish implementation team/Champion
      • Recruit support partners and support systems
      • Identify resources and establish culture
      • Implement web portal and EG process
    • Mid-term
      • Build momentum through immediate successes
      • Fine tune collaboration and process coordination
    • Long-term
      • Measured success matrix indicators
      • Self seeding program
      • Established business clusters and growth
      • Permanent EG Coordinator
      • Permanent funding sources
      • Community partnerships at its best
  • 7.
    • Recommendation
    • Develop a competitively priced, effective customized Economic Gardening program with electronic portal led by an EG Champion
    • Target 5 – 99 employee businesses
    • Define and implement an entrepreneurial community culture through committed partnerships
    • Establish a collaborative EG coordination team and Program Coordinator
    • Build early successes, build momentum
    • Measure results with continuous improvement mentality
    • Strive for excellence
  • 8. THANKS TO THE MEMBERS OF THE ECONOMIC GARDENING WORK GROUP Jillienne Allgauer Jaye Baillie Jim Copeland Dave Fechtman Lanse Fero Melanie Gaboardi Phil Geist Jim George Kent Guinn David Harden Jim Hilty Steve Hollosi Phil Howell Heather Lee Kevin McDonald Marc Mondell Pat Moses Jim Shepard Herb Silverman Rusty Skinner Elizabeth Stevens Barbara Trow Kathleen Woodring Ron Barnwell