Existing Business & Community Development

Business Retention & Expansion

BRE Program Templates / “How-to” Guides

»BR&E Visitation Fundamentals
»BR&E Strategic Plan
»BR&E Strategic Plan - Cedar Hill 08
»BR&E Strategic Plan - Mansfield 09
»BR&E Strategic Plan - Mesquite 09
»Interview Guide
»Business Survey questionnaire

Database Development / Data Collection

»BRE Questionnaire Form and Visit Guide
»Business Environment Survey - Big Spring
»Industry Survey
»SBDC Business Survey

Recognition Programs

Expansion Project
New Construction
BREI/ Business Retention & Expansion International - This membership investment organization focuses on education in BR&E.
Business Retention Technologies - BRT is a business retention training and database systems and programs consultant.
Syncronist Business Information System - The Synchronist Business Information System bundles advanced business retention strategies, interview design,  and assistance tracking/service delivery management.
The Retention Monthly - News, trends, and a global prespective of economic development for the government and economic professionals.


Pounding the Pavement - by Karen Dickson, CEcD

Community Development

Best Practices

»Coquitlam Canada Strategic Plan
»Grayson County Airport Business Plan
»Projects - New Braunfels

Development RFP's

»City of Benbrook

Community Development

»Municipal Development of a Multi-Purpose Entertainment District via a Public Private Partnership - City of LaPorte
»Facade and Signage Improvement Guidelines - City of Azle
»Community Event Participation Policy
»Community Development Institute - Lone Star College System

Downtown Revitalization

Downtown Professional Network  - Research and planning firm specializing in community and business district economic development, marketing, and managment.
Main Street Historic Preservation - This organization provides leadership education, advocacy, and resources to save America's diverse and historic and place and revitalize communities.
Rural Communities - Revitaliztion for rural communities.
Texas Downtown Association - The Texas Downtown Association fosters development and revitaliztion to enhance vitality of Texas downturns by providing networking opportunities, education, and advocacy.


Entrepreneurial Talent Guide - Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship Case Study - Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Accion - Micro-lending for poor and minority entrepreneurs.
American Enrepreneurs for Economic Growth - Venture Capital community assisting early stage entrepreneurs and companies.
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Corporation for Enterprise Development - Focus: To identify promising ideas, test, and refine them to figure out what works, craft policies and prodiucts to help foster new markets to achieve maximum impact.
Entrepreneur - A website portal to many resources for entrepreneurs.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation - The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation works with partners to encourage entrepreneurship across the nation.
Funding Universe - A source for finding money for a business.
Gaebler Ventures - Gaebler Ventures is a business incubator and holding compnay that develops and nurtures companies that are shaping the future.
Go4Funding - An online platform that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and business experts from around the world.
Go Big - An online marketplace that connects the startup and small business community.
National Association for the Self Employed - A national resource for small business and self employed.
Small Business Administration - An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interest of small business.
Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneuship
Venture Capital Funding - A global networking  firm that creates opportunities for Entrepreneurs to meet Capitalists and Investors.

Labor & Workforce

Workforce System Analysis Report - Texoma Region
Bureau of Labor Statistics - Principal fact-finding agency for the federal government.
Workforce Education Terms - Glossary of workforce education terms.
Economic Research Institute - Provides salary and cost of living information.
Labor Market & Career Information - Workforce Statistics and comparisions as well as job postings.
Labor & Market Career Information Department for TWC - Provides Statistical Analyses on the dynamics of the Texas labor market.
Salary - HR data and software.
Salary Source - A tool for assessing the current market value for any of over 350 benchmark positions.
Skills Development Fund - FAQ 
Texas Workforce Commision - The primary governmental job training and job search program for the state of Texas.
Wages - Resource portal for wages.

Retail Topics

Restaurant Survey & Report - Southlake
Building A Positive Retail Environment - Regulations v. Retail
2007 Retail Stores Taxable Sales Estimate
International Council of Shopping Centers - The global trade association of the shopping center industry.
Retail Trac - A data collection company which provides accurate, real time information about retail store conditions.
Shopping Centers list - A listing of all malls and their tenants.
Store Trax - List of stores on the move.
The Retail Coach - A retail consulting, market research and develop firm.