U of MN Webinar

U of M Extension invites you to join our fall Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) webinar on November 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This is part of a webinar series that explores research and innovation in BR&E. The webinar is FREE and open to all those who are interested in economic development.

Retaining Your Retail. Many economic developers focus on value added, export-oriented sectors in their business retention work. That makes sense, of course, but what is the value of a downtown or business district with vibrant businesses? What does a visitor or local resident think about the community if there are multiple vacant properties? This is an issues spanning from small town Minnesota to any suburb or city you can name.

Join us as Ryan Pesch, University of Minnesota Extension educator discusses the value of retail. Ryan works in West Central Minnesota and manages Extension’s Retail Analysis and Development Program. He will share techniques and resources for assessing your community retail situation and taking action. Ryan will highlight the Downtown Market Analysis Toolbox, which is an excellent collection of tools and resources collaboratively developed by Wisconsin, Ohio, and Minnesota Extension teams.

The webinar series will help you to learn about current topics in retaining and expanding businesses while creating a community of practice for BR&E practitioners. Webinars are offered through WebEx and do not require pre-registration. Watch our webpage to learn about future offerings!

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