Entrepreneurship + Innovation

Our mission is simple: build a more inclusive economy by connecting and inspiring the entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow. 

We believe that for the economy to truly thrive, economic development must expand to boundlessly include and support entrepreneurs, innovators, and small business owners from all backgrounds, neighborhoods, and cultures. Every person has the right — even a responsibility — to be entrepreneurial. As economic developers, it is our job to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship by building on-ramps to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, wherever on-ramps are needed. 

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Services + Expertise

At Camoin Associates, we help clients from state-level organizations to local municipalities identify, connect with, understand, and strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems, as well as develop, implement, and optimize their entrepreneurial ecosystem strategy.

 

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessment and Action Planning 

To help you serve the small businesses and entrepreneurs in your community today and into the future, we will help you engage with and understand your entrepreneurial ecosystem, identify cultivation opportunities, and develop strategies and actions to move quickly. 

BIPOC Business Participation Assessment and Strategy

Entrepreneurship and innovation can occur without diversity, but that is not an ecosystem. A real entrepreneurial ecosystem only exists when every person is connected to the system and can work within the system to advance their ideas and business ventures. Camoin works with municipalities, regions, and states to understand the strengths and weaknesses within their BIPOC business landscapes and help facilitate the design of projects and initiatives that create greater opportunities for BIPOC entrepreneurs and innovators to start and grow businesses.

Market Research and Intelligence

Change is happening rapidly, and what we knew yesterday about markets and the economy is no longer true today and certainly won’t be tomorrow. Our analysts leverage the best real-time economic data from partners like Emsi and can work with you or your businesses to analyze and understand current economic conditions, translate and distill the data into knowledge, and develop strategies to help small businesses and startups adapt to the realities of the crisis economy.

Metrics Tracking and Evaluation

Our analysts will help you assess and track critical entrepreneurship and small business indicators in your community and monitor the impact of your support programs, allowing you to use these metrics to tell the story of your community’s business resilience and the role support programs play in this resiliency. 

 

Small Business Outreach and Resource Center

Don’t wait for struggling businesses and entrepreneurs to call you. Our team can work on your behalf to conduct direct outreach to the startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs in your community. We’ll check in with them, see how they are weathering the disruption, and connect them with resources. We can also answer, manage, and direct inbound inquiries from small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking economic relief, allowing your team to focus on strategic priorities. 

Policy and Code Assessment and Outreach

Place matters. Entrepreneurial ecosystems — whether rural, urban, or anything in between — are distinct, and connected.  We believe there’s a strong synergy between the built environment and small business and entrepreneurial ecosystems. To ensure your community’s regulatory environment supports and encourages small business resilience and growth, we can review your community’s land use regulations and permitting processes and work collaboratively with your boards and commissions to adopt an approach that will support recovery and future success.

 

The Camoin Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partner Network

We don’t do this alone. We’re able to deliver a robust suite of services to the economic development community by partnering with the best of the best, including:

  • Business Cluster Development creates innovative models and strategies that catalyze entrepreneurial ecosystems and emerging innovation clusters
  • EntreWorks Consulting works with a diverse base of clients committed to innovative economic development strategies that build wealth and communities
  • Emsi offers the best labor market data available anywhere by pulling data from multiple sources to provide the most complete, nuanced, up-to-date view of the labor market

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Looking to Expand Your Community's Entrepreneurial and Innovation Ecosystem?

Christa Franzi

Contact Christa Franzi, CEcD, Director:
P 518-899 2608, Ext. 109
E christa@camoinassociates.com

Services

  • Strategic + Organizational Planning

    Strategic + Organizational Planning
    Strategic + Organizational Planning

    Strategic + Organizational Planning

    Whether you’re developing a statewide, regional, local, or organizational strategic plan, Camoin Associates works with clients to set a vision and develop strategies that will support ambitious, but achievable goals.

    + Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS)
    + Downtown revitalization plans
    + Economic development strategic plans
    + Evaluation and benchmarking
    + Strategic visioning


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  • Workforce Development + Talent Retention

    Workforce Development + Talent Retention
    Workforce Development + Talent Retention

    Workforce Development + Talent Retention

    Camoin Associates can help you craft actionable workforce development and talent retention solutions to create a resilient labor pipeline, supporting equitable and inclusive economic growth.

    + Labor market analytics
    + Occupation and skills gap analysis
    + Career pathway mapping
    + Workforce pipeline development
    + Talent retention and attraction strategies


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  • Real Estate Development Services

    Real Estate Development Services
    Real Estate Development Services

    Real Estate Development Services

    We help communities and developers do it all — from uncovering opportunities and developing project concepts to finding funding and navigating all the complexities from start to finish.

    + Housing needs assessments and housing strategies
    + Market analysis
    + Development strategies
    + Brownfield redevelopment
    + Developer advisory services
    + Financial feasibility analysis


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  • Impact Analysis

    Impact Analysis
    Impact Analysis

    Impact Analysis

    To us, measuring the jobs, earnings, sales, and revenue is only the beginning. We take a holistic approach to economic and fiscal impact to tell the full story of what a project, industry, program, or development will do for the community.

    + Economic impact
    + Fiscal impact
    + Tax credit benefit/cost analysis
    + Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
    + District Improvement Financing (DIF)


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  • Lead Generation + Business Relationships

    Lead Generation + Business Relationships
    Lead Generation + Business Relationships

    Lead Generation

    As an established global research and direct marketing company, we have a track record of customizing and implementing high-end, mission-critical research and marketing campaigns that exceed client expectations.

    + Trade show planning
    + Marketing mission planning
    + Virtual and in-person meeting setting
    + Website assessment


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  • Industry Analytics + Strategy

    Industry Analytics + Strategy
    Industry Analytics + Strategy

    Industry Analytics

    As leaders in research and data analysis, we use the most advanced and comprehensive economic data and tools to understand the supply chain, industry market trends, and sector needs, and unearth emerging opportunities.

    + Target industry and cluster analysis
    + Supply chain and trade gap analysis
    + Geographic competitiveness analysis
    + Site selection needs analysis


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  • Entrepreneurship + Innovation

    Entrepreneurship + Innovation
    Entrepreneurship + Innovation

    Entrepreneurship + Innovation

    We help clients identify, connect with, understand, and strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems. Our mission is simple: to build a more inclusive economy for the future by connecting and inspiring the entrepreneurs of today — and tomorrow.

    + Startup ecosystem assessment and action planning
    + Equitable entrepreneurship strategies: Breaking down barriers
    + Entrepreneurship metrics tracking and evaluation
    + Market research and intelligence
    + Small business outreach and resource centers
    + Policy and code assessment and outreach


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  • Business Retention + Expansion

    Business Retention + Expansion
    Business Retention + Expansion

    Business Retention + Expansion

    Economic development is built on connections, and our custom business engagement solutions help you make those connections — from business retention to business attraction.

    + Business visitation process creation and set up
    + Logistical and technology support
    + Follow up plans and strategy development


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