Best of times. Worst of times. Always Time for Economic Development Initiatives

Don't coast when it comes to economic development

The Importance of Continuous Economic Development Initiatives A few years ago, the Omaha Chamber’s economic development arm initiated an award-winning awareness campaign around a double entendre slogan: “Omaha … We Don’t Coast.” Creative design and art, clever video footage, and great social media distribution were all part of the pitch. It was as effective at […]

Des Moines Rocked! A Quick Look Back at #ACCE18


The 2018 ACCE Convention did not disappoint! Very strong content and wonderful network development for EVERYBODY but the real star of the show may have been the place, not the program. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many raves about the host city and chamber team as I did in Des Moines. Given that other […]

How Fast Does Your Website “De-Dumb” a Reader?

Funding Insights Blog: How fast does your website "de-dumb" a reader?

I love business-led, civic-economic nonprofit entities (chambers of commerce), but the affection is seldom nurtured by their electronic identities. I know and respect what they do and who they represent! Why don’t chamber websites and social media accounts demonstrate and amplify their initiatives, services, and passion? Don’t get combative on me! I hate most business […]

Mick Fleming Shares, “Not done yet.”

Funding Insights Blog: Mick Fleming. Not Done Yet.

Just when you thought you might be free from my meddling, I stumble back into chamber life. I am proud to announce my new affiliation with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, a firm that has proven itself to be a formidable resource for chambers and development organizations. While Convergent is known primarily for their funding feasibility study and […]