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We Are Thankful

Posted by: Susan Cox on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cornerstone Alliance is thankful for so much. 

Shovel-Ready Sites Make Good Business Sense

Posted by: Susan Cox on Friday, October 30, 2015

Shovel-ready sites are the best competitive advantage a region can have for landing new projects.

International Attraction Efforts

Posted by: Susan Cox on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Economic development organizations are responsible for attracting new business and creating jobs. Typically, attraction efforts are concentrated within the contiguous United States. A true integrated attraction strategy should include foreign direct investment that is being pumped into the United States.

10 Practices for Economic Development - Part 2

Posted by: Jim Hettinger on Monday, August 31, 2015

As part of a two-part blog series, we are detailing the 10 practices on how successful economic development outcomes are accomplished. Here are the remaining five practices and how they apply to economic development in Berrien County! 

10 Practices of Economic Development - Part 1

Posted by: Jim Hettinger on Friday, July 31, 2015

Cornerstone Alliance works to entice new investments and jobs to the area as well as help our existing businesses find resources to grow and thrive in Michigan’s Great Southwest. As part of a two-part blog series, we are detailing the 10 practices on how successful economic development outcomes are accomplished. Here are five practices important in accomplishing economic development initiatives...

Why Economic Development is Important to All of Us

Posted by: Susan Cox on Monday, June 29, 2015

We all know that ours is a community to be proud of.  When all of us work together to support successful economic development, we all benefit.

The Importance of Business Retention & Expansion

Posted by: Susan Cox on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Do you know why business retention and expansion (BR&E) efforts are important in economic development?  According to a study, The Job Generation Process, it was found up to 80% of job growth in any community is generated by existing businesses, and not by attracting new business.

Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Celebrates Entrepreneurship

Posted by: Susan Cox on Monday, April 13, 2015

It all begins with the makers.  They create, invent, build and inspire.  They fuel the entrepreneurial spirit. We are a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and creators.  And this population that makes is growing with more direct access than ever before to technological tools, allowing them to design and construct almost anything!

 

I Want to Start A Business-Now What?

Posted by: Margaret Adams on Friday, March 13, 2015

Small business fuels our economy and promotes the entrepreneurial spirit. The statistics of small business are impressive. According to a 2013 Forbes.com survey,   there are nearly 29 million U.S. small businesses in the U.S. The data also reveals...

Does Accreditation Matter?

Posted by: Victoria Pratt on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

You’ve heard the word accreditation; but what does it really mean? Our hospitals and education institutions tout their accreditation status; and they should!  It signifies that they operate under and comply with a recognized standard within their industry for best practices. Who doesn’t want that?