A Balanced Business Ecosystem

The recent debate about the JOBS Bill has put the spotlight once again on innovation and high-growth start up companies and what cities, resource providers and the federal government can do to encourage their growth. There’s a growing body of evidence that supports the attention being showered on these companies. Several recent studies, including one from the Kauffman Foundation, for example, confirm that high-growth startups are the biggest job creators, especially in their first few years of existence. Given the unemployment rate, that’s reason enough to focus on doing what it takes to ensure their success.

Even so, we must remember that it takes all kinds of organizations to create a sustainable business ecosystem that fuels the economy for the long-term. Startup America Partnership founder Scott Case said as much when he was in Kansas City a couple of months ago. He noted that we’re playing in “primordial soup.” We don’t know which companies, or even which industries, are going to emerge from the sea and walk on land, which are going to remain amphibians, and which will become extinct.

Economic sustainability is dependent on a balanced ecosystem consisting of fast-growth startups, traditional bricks and mortar small businesses, large corporations, business resource organizations, government entities and a number of other players all working in tandem. Cooperation, connectivity and access to and among all these parties and what each brings to the table is key.

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About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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