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What you order speaks volumes

PART FOUR – If you joined our entrepreneurial summer series during week three (we hit the rafts, bikes, canoes, kayaks), you may still be hungry. This week, we’ll share a booth with some of the most innovative restaurateurs in the region, where they’ll try to read the minds of the dining public – an exercise which might go better with a nice Moscato. Continue reading

It crawled from the Yough

PART THREE – Whether you joined our entrepreneurial summer series at a bed & breakfast (week one) or a distillery (week two), you know that change is a constant in small business. As a result, adaptation is a key phase in the entrepreneurial life cycle. Nowhere is that more true than along the trails and rivers, where consumer tastes shift almost as surely as weather changes. Continue reading

Kick it up a notch

PART ONE – Summer is make-or-break time for many of the small businesses in our towns, along the trails, and in the city’s most festive neighborhoods. This summer, many entrepreneurs are thinking big. For the next six weeks, The Progress Fund – which has helped 311 businesses over 21 years – is going to take you into the heat of an entrepreneurial summer. Continue reading

Ingredients for Success

The Progress Fund and its Trail Town Program® were mentioned in a recent article about the growing resources available for trail-based businesses. As the economic impact and use of regional trails increases, community-focused organizations are helping entrepreneurs take advantage of trail-driven economic opportunities in their towns. Through the development of business plans, project financing and entrepreneurial coaching, each organization offers … Continue reading