Thursday, February 19, 2009

Putting PoP in Our Business and Our Economy

Putting PoP into the economy was a direct collaborative effort by our economic development organizations and agencies at this week's Creating Prosperity on Purpose.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber united with the City of Tacoma's Community and Economic Development Department, the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, the Pierce County Economic Development Division, the Port of Tacoma and the Tacoma Regional Convention+Visitor Bureau to present a special event designed to stimulate Pierce County's business growth and market share.

All these economic development entities shared information with attendees about specific services each provide to assist local businesses. The Chamber's spotlighted service focused on their online demographic service. The subscription service allows the Chamber to provide to its members consumer demographics custom tailored to their specific market geographies, and comparable to other locations.

In, Tacoma's Procurement Technical Assistance Center also exhibited their service, located at the William Factory Small Business Incubator, which seeks to maximize the number of capable companies participating in the government marketplace. Call Charles Aycock, 253-722-5808.

David Graybill, Pres./CEO of the Chamber, serving as event emcee, gave the charge for the event:

...this first time event is to help create Tacoma-Pierce County's own business "stimulus package" based on three important things:
  1. building a better awareness of the many tools and services available to employers to help grow and sustain their business;

  2. bringing a higher sensitivity to the potential of leveraging your networks and relationships to build market share and opportunity;

  3. enlisting you in the efforts to increase the level of business prosperity in Tacoma-Pierce County.

Attendees at this "first annual" Prosperity on Purpose heard entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Jeff Shore with his shared insights on how to "give rather than take" in their networking so as to build better opportunities for others and themselves. Both the Tacoma Weekly and the Business Examiner covered his remarks and the overall event well.

Jeff Shore

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