Purdue Extension offers the Business Retention & Expansion Program (BR&E) to Stage 1 and Stage 2 companies as a method to help Indiana communities understand local business needs and respond, so that businesses grow, stay and become more committed to the community. Purdue Extension’s BR&E Program gets integrated into the community and more involved in comprehensive strategy development at the local and regional level to assist and assess company and community needs.
Entrepreneurship development is an elusive concept for many community leaders who have traditionally relied upon recruitment as their primary economic development strategy. The purpose of the Creating a Regional Entrepreneurial System Together (CREST) program is to assist targeted communities and regions in transforming their economies through the development of key components required for a high quality environment for entrepreneurship. CREST provides a framework for communities to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that will permeate all the elements that contribute to a community’s quality of life.
The digital age is here and having an online presence is very important for businesses. Digital Ready provides businesses with the basic knowledge to have an online presence or ramp up an existing one. By incorporating an online presence strategy, businesses will become more competitive and sustainable.