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Economic Gardening

Definition:

An innovative, entrepreneur-centered economic growth strategy originally developed by the city of Littleton, Colorado, that's based on the belief that small local entrepreneurial firms are the engine for the creation of sustainable wealth and new jobs. By treating economic growth like a garden, more attention is paid to the unique attributes and resources of a given community and the “complex biological and interrelated factors of building an environment conducive to entrepreneurial activity: intellectual stimulation, openness to new ideas, the support infrastructure of venture capital and universities, information and community support.” (Source: Small Business Administration article)

Example of Economic Gardening:

In an economic gardening concept, entrepreneurs help to nourish small businesses by educating them about marketing strategies that could facilitate them to enter larger markets.
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