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Business Loop CID targets small manufacturers - Columbia Daily Tribune

Posted: 13 Mar 2019 03:32 PM PDT

Columbia economic leaders met Wednesday afternoon with a consultant designing a plan to bring small manufacturing businesses into the Business 70 corridor.

Last year the Business Loop Community Improvement District finalized a $14.74 million plan to revitalize the Business Loop. Over the next 10 years the plan would add bike lanes, hide utility lines underground, enhance pedestrian access and create green space. Leaders of the plan also want to make the Loop more hospitable to businesses. Economic leaders from around Mid-Missouri heard about the manufacturing ideas during the monthly meeting of the Regional Economic Development Inc. Board of Directors.

Tuesday night the district hosted a public meeting for 160 business owners and area residents to solicit feedback about the type of businesses and small manufacturers they want to see on the Loop. In August the CID got a federal Smart Growth America Grant, which allowed it to hire Washington Consultant Illana Preuss to find a way to bring small-scale manufacturers into the area.

In a news release last week CID executive director Carrie Garner said small-scale manufacturers that produce goods consumed by local residents can pump life into the community. Preuss said Wednesday that small-scale manufacturers can be simple businesses like breweries or designer clothiers. These businesses give local residents places to gather, Preuss said.

"They want events, programing, they want places to gather and feel included," Preuss said. "They help us build inclusive business communities."

Many community leaders think residents want retail options, but nationally too much retail exists, Preuss said.

"We've put it in so many places that we have too much of it," Preuss said. "A lot of it is in the wrong place at this point from where people want to shop and the way people want to shop."

Over the past 10 years, there's been a shift in economic development.

People now look for places they want to live and put down roots before they pick a job or start a business, Preuss said. Residents want vibrant downtowns, good restaurants and enjoyable experiences. These factors can even increase decisions by large businesses when they pick a place to relocate or build a new facility.

"The places that aren't figuring that out are really getting left behind," Preuss said. "We've seen a lot of smaller cities and towns empty out because of it."

Shared kitchens can foster food-product businesses. Companies with one to five employees bring income into communities because they almost always sell online, Preuss said.

One way to provide opportunity is in what are called maker spaces, which provide access to tools for would-be entrepreneurs. Industries that produce things at scale, like breweries, can lead small businesses, Preuss said.

"Folks that are scaling are really starting to become the mentors for the broader community," Preuss said.

REDI Entrepreneurship Coordinator Collin Bunch told Preuss Columbia feels like a small city, but has global reach because of foreign students from the University of Missouri and MU's School of Journalism.

"We have a lot of international students and professors because of the university," Bunch said. "So some of their first sales are in India and Lebanon because they're thinking globally."

Columbia Mayor Brian Treece told Preuss the city believes it has an environment entrepreneurs can thrive in. The city is good at fostering biotech companies and is getting better at launching tech companies, Treece said.

"We're still small enough that you can access a lender or mentor or technology in a meaningful way, but large enough that you can launch globally here," Treece said.

Treece wondered how the city can use that expertise to transfer entrepreneurial skills to hands-on industries like small-scale manufacturing.

Six small-scale manufacturers work out of its startup innovation hub, Bunch said.

Communities with a thriving tech sector have a pool of freelancers, with a few consulting firms and a handful of giant companies at the top, Preuss said.

The same thing is true of small-scale manufacturing.

"We'll get a ton of small, meager artisan industries," Preuss said. "Then we'll find the ones that want to scale, that way we find the potential to find the ones that want to be the unicorn businesses."

Some at the meeting expressed concern that the city lacks an adequate public transportation system to fit the growing needs of the business community and employees. Others said that while unemployment is low, underemployment in the community is high and the city needs to find ways to retrain displaced workers.

Preuss' firm Recast City interviewed business owners and residents in and near the district. Her firm will issue a report in a few weeks to the leaders of the CID.


Greece 2019: Gift & Incentive Cards Market Size & Forecast (2014-2023) with Analysis on Business & Retail Consumer Spending Pattern, Attitude and Behaviour - - Associated Press

Posted: 15 Mar 2019 03:24 AM PDT

This content is a press release from our partner Business Wire. The AP newsroom and editorial departments were not involved in its creation.

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 15, 2019--The "Greece Gift Cards and Incentive Cards Market Intelligence and Future Growth Dynamics - Market Size and Forecast (2014-2023), Analysis of Business and Retail Consumer Spending Pattern, Attitude & Behaviour" report has been added to's offering.

This report provides a detailed data centric analysis of gift cards and corporate incentive cards market along with consumer behaviour and retail spend dynamics in Greece. With over 150 KPIs at country level, this report provides comprehensive understanding of gift and incentive card market dynamics.

  • Gift cards: Drawing from proprietary survey results, this report provides in-depth analysis of opportunities in both open loop and closed loop prepaid gift card categories. Assesses consumer behaviour by type of consumer (retail and corporate - SMB, Mid-Tier, Large Enterprise), gifting occasion, digital gift card type, and market share by retail categories.
  • Details six essential KPIs: number of cards in circulation, load value, unused value, average purchase value, average value per transaction, and value of transactions.
  • Corporate incentive & loyalty cards: This report provides detailed market dynamics of corporate incentive cards, broadly segmented in four categories - consumer incentive card, employee incentive card, sales incentive card, and festival & other. It details market size and forecast at category level, by functional attribute (open loop and closed loop), and by corporate consumer segments (small scale business, mid-size business, and enterprise business).
  • Digital gift card analysis: Provides market size and forecast for digital gift cards, broken down by retail and corporate buyers and by occasion.
  • Open loop and closed loop: Provides market estimates and forecasts to assess opportunities in open loop and closed loop gift and incentive card segments across consumer segments.
  • Consumer attitude and behaviour: Drawing from proprietary survey results, this report identifies and interprets key prepaid KPIs, including spend by age, gender, and income level. In addition, it provides an overview of how consumers are currently using gift cards across key retail sectors.
  • Retail spend: Breaks down retail spend across 12 categories / sectors to provide detailed insights on consumer behaviour and changing dynamics of gift card spend.
  • Market share by retailer: Provides market share of closed loop gift cards by key retailers in Greece.

Report Scope

Gift Card Market Size by KPIs across Consumer Segments in Greece

  • Gross Load Value
  • Transaction Value
  • Unused Value
  • Average Value Per Transaction
  • Transaction Volume
  • Average Value of Card Purchased
  • Number of Cards

Gift Card Market Size by Consumer Segment in Greece

  • Retail Consumer
  • Corporate Consumer (Small Scale, Mid-Tier, Large Enterprise)

Digital Gift Card Market Size in Greece

  • By Retail Consumer
  • By Retail Purchase Occasion
  • By Corporate Consumer
  • By Corporate Purchase Occasion

Gift Card Market Size by Retail Consumer in Greece

  • By Functional Attribute
  • By Occasion
  • Value by Purchase Channel

Gift Card Spend by Retail Sector (Split by Retail and Corporate Consumers) in Greece

  • Health & Wellness
  • Travel
  • Apparel
  • Electronics
  • Fine Dining Restaurant
  • Department Store
  • Supermarket
  • Specialty Retail Store
  • Discount Store
  • Gas Station or Convenience Store
  • Fast Casual Restaurant
  • Entertainment
  • Other

Gift Card Spend by Consumer Behavior and Demographics in Greece

  • Consumer Purchase Behaviour
  • Gift Card Buyer by Age Group
  • Gift Card Buyer by Income Level
  • Gift Card Buyer by Gender

Gift Card Market Size by Corporate Consumer in Greece

  • By Functional Attribute
  • By Key Segments
  • By Scale of Business
  • Budget Allocation Trend for 2019

Employee Incentive Gift Card Market Size in Greece

  • By Functional Attribute
  • By Scale of Business

Sales Incentive Gift Card Market Size in Greece

  • By Functional Attribute
  • By Scale of Business

Consumer Incentive Gift Card Market Size in Greece

  • Overall
  • By Scale of Business

Festival & Others Gift Card Market Size in Greece

  • By Functional Attribute
  • By Scale of Business

Reason to Buy

  • In-depth understanding of gift card and incentive card market dynamics: Understand market opportunity, key trends and drivers along with five-year forecast (2014-2023) for gift cards and incentive cards in Greece.
  • Develop market specific strategies: Identify growth segments and target specific opportunities across consumer segments and occasions to formulate your gift cards strategy; assess market specific key trends and risks.
  • Get insights into consumer attitude and behaviour in Greece: Understand changing consumer attitude and behaviour and boost ROI. Get detailed insights into retail spend through gift cards for both retail and corporate consumers.
  • Get complete perspective through six essential KPIs: number of cards in circulation, load value, unused value, average purchase value, average value per transaction, and value of transactions.

Companies Mentioned

  • Delhaize Group Sa
  • Schwarz Beteiligungs GmbH
  • Sklavenitis J&S SA
  • Marinopoulos SA
  • Diamantis Masoutis SA
  • Carrefour SA
  • Jumbo Hellas SA
  • Metro AG
  • Internationale Spar Centrale BV
  • Inditex
  • Industria de Diseo Textil SA
  • Hondos Bros
  • Dixons Carphone Plc
  • Plaisio Computers SA
  • Inter Ikea Systems BV
  • Germanos SA
  • Retail World Sa
  • Inc
  • Market In SA
  • Praktiker Hellas Trading Co SA
  • H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB
  • Attica Department Stores Sa
  • Veropoulos Bros SA
  • Bazaar Sa
  • eBay Inc
  • Euronics International Ltd

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Untitled - The Robesonian

Posted: 16 Mar 2019 12:10 PM PDT


Small farms play a vital role in supporting the competitiveness and sustainability of United States rural and farm economies and in protecting and enhancing its natural resource base and the environment. These numerous and diverse small-scale operations provide a nursery for the development of new enterprises and marketing systems, and a replenishment of the farming population.

Agriculture is the leading industry in Robeson County. Many county residents think of large-scale contract hog or poultry farms or large row crop farms when farming is mentioned. But the National Agricultural Statistics Service's latest "Census of Agriculture" shows that small-scale farms make up 88 percent of all farms nationwide and 87 percent in North Carolina. Many of these farms consist of small-scale agriculture, including fruit and vegetable production; small-scale livestock production including goats, pastured pork, and pastured poultry; forestry production; and aquaculture.

There are approximately 43,000 small-scale farmers statewide, and in honor of their accomplishments, pioneering work, and technological advancements, the state of North Carolina recognizes the week of March 24-30 as North Carolina Small Farms Week. The theme for the 33rd annual North Carolina Small Farms Week is "Deep Roots, Bright Futures."

Southeastern North Carolina has a rich history in producing North Carolina Small Farmers of the Year. There have been seven Small Farmers of the Year from Southeastern North Carolina. Past winners from Robeson County include: the late Burnice Blanks (2001) of the Moss Neck Community, Ellery and Amy Locklear (2003) of Locklear Farms in Pembroke, and Lucius Epps (2017) of Maxton.

In order to highlight Small Farms Week, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, will host a Spring Alternative Tour on March 29. The tour will depart from the O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton, at 8:30 a.m. and is scheduled to return around 12:15 p.m. This informative and educational tour will visit two farms that use alternative systems. Growers will have the opportunity to visit an organic produce operation and a small-scale livestock operation. Space is limited, so please register by March 27 by calling Cooperative Extension at 910-671-3276. Refreshments will be provided.

Other events will be held at various sites throughout the state. The highlight of the week is the annual Small Farmers Recognition Luncheon, which will be held March 27 on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. At the luncheon, the 2019 North Carolina Small Farmer of the Year will be named. Other activities in Greensboro include breakout sessions, educational forums, and a high-tunnel demonstration at the N.C. A&T University Farm.

Nelson Brownlee is an Area Farm Management agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center. He can be reached at 910-671-3276, or by email at [email protected]

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