Retaining local businesses
Take a two-day course on business retention and expansion (BRE) taught by industry professionals. You will learn how to conduct high-quality programs in your community or region.
The course includes presentations, video, individual and small group work, and plenty of discussion.
Highlights include practice visits to real businesses (and a mock planning session based on results), guest experts who provide BRE tips and stories, and a chance to get to know other economic developers and expand your network.
While there is no course paper or homework, you have the opportunity to think about the best BRE approach for your situation.
Optional certification from Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) is available to those who complete the course ($75).
The course is designed for economic and community development professionals and stakeholders, community leaders and others who want to conduct a community-led BRE effort.
Costs and discounts
|Individual (per person)||$500||$600|
|2 community members*||$750||$900|
|3–5 community members*||$1,000||$1,200|
*Community-led BRE is all about teamwork, so we encourage teams to attend training together. We offer team discounts for groups from a town or city, county, school district, or other groups of contiguous communities. It is available for either the online or in-person course.
Fall 2021 registration details are to be determined. If you like to attend this course, express your interest below.