Topics Under Category: "Prototype"

Michael Shuman on Pollinators, Social Enterprise and Remaking Economic Development

Amy Cortese | January 9, 2016

Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and one of the world’s leading experts on community economics. (He is not, however, a famous rock drummer).  His eighth book, (we think, we’ve lost count) The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative Self-Financing “Pollinator” Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity, takes on the economic development profession […]

The New Economic Development: Tackling Inequality by Building Community Wealth

Anne Field | September 3, 2015

Inequality is one of the defining issues of our times, and many economic development efforts aim to address that challenge. Yet, too often, these top-down efforts fall short of truly lifting up and empowering disenfranchised communities.  And many communities don’t have the necessary capacity to create change on their own. How do you go about […]

Coops Find New Options in Investment Funds and Crowdfunding

Joshua Bloom | August 13, 2015

With all the hoopla around online crowdfunding as a means of capitalizing startup businesses, the cooperative—that once anti-establishment business model—can seem downright dated. But look closely, and you’ll see a new energy around coops. That creative energy is also being applied to one of the biggest challenges that new and expanding coops face: raising capital. […]

A FinTech Startup Tries to Take the Stress Out of the Gig Economy

Anne Field | July 31, 2015

There are millions of people in the U.S. who never know from week to week whether they’re going to have enough money to pay their bills. Some work for fast food restaurants, large retailers or other employers who frequently change their schedules, reduce their hours without warning or even send them home if demand is […]

A Grassroots Economic Development Program Encourages Startups in Rural Oregon

Arlene Soto | July 13, 2015

Nestled on the Southern Oregon coast, where the Coos River enters the Pacific, the rural communities of Coos Bay and North Bend are known locally as “the Bay Area.”  In contrast to the more famous Bay Area a few hundred miles to the south, Coos Bay is not a hotbed of tech startups and Mark […]

On Puddle, Social Networks and Trust Can Unlock Loans

Anne Field | June 24, 2015

When Rose Ann Haft wanted to create an online diabetes prevention program a year ago, she didn’t need much. Still, without access to a line of credit or a bank loan, she struggled to come up with even the modest amount of cash it required. Then she heard about Puddle, a social lending site that […]

A Startup Aims to Turn Customer Loyalty Into Cash, Starting With a Beloved Michigan Cafe

Sabiha Zainulbhai | April 17, 2015

Downtown Ypsilanti is vacant and gray on wintry Michigan mornings, save for one beacon of mid-morning activity: Beezy’s café. Since it opened in 2008, Beezy’s has become a daytime mainstay for locals, from artists and college students to young families, who come for the “simple, honest” food and communal atmosphere. On a street lined with […]

This Guy Likes To Share: Jeremiah Owyang

Amy Cortese | January 30, 2015

Jeremiah Owyang is the Chief Catalyst at Crowd Companies, a brand council that aims to help big companies navigate the collaborative economy. Amy Cortese talked with him about the Collaborative Economy and how large companies are responding. AC: Describe the Collaborative Economy and what’s driving it. JO: The Collaborative Economy is an economic movement that […]