NC Mentor Network Launched

August 31, 2015

NCEDA Mentor NetworkCreative EDC launched on September 1. It is a tool to match experienced economic developers with economic developers that want a little guidance. Gurus and wise owls can register to be mentors, and newbies can register to be matched with a mentor. We hope the pilot project will be replicated in other places.

Do you know the saying that everything I needed to know I learned in kindergarten? Well, everything I needed to know to be successful in economic development I learned from my mentor, Bob Comer. Positive attitude required – no whining allowed. Show up – and show up on time. Write the minutes before the meeting. Always return calls. Surround yourself with talented people. Helping others succeed will help you succeed. Take time to bury the dead – no, wait, that lesson was not meant for economic development! Beyond lessons in economic development, I also learned about ethics, integrity, and humility, and I made a lifelong friend.

In Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, she describes how important the mentor relationship is, but also how hard it can be to form. You typically do not meet someone at one business meeting then ask, “Will you be my mentor?” Often, mentor-mentee relationships are developed over time without formal structure. They evolve as two people learn from and help  each other. With the rapid pace of change in organizations, the time to initiate and nurture a mentor relationship can be difficult. We hope the Mentor Network will help fill that gap.

As our profession struggles to engage young professionals to backfill positions vacated by the exodus of baby boomers, mentorships will become even more important. Ask yourself if you have something to offer a newbie, if so, sign up to be a mentor with IEDC, your state, or on If you are new to the field and find yourself needing a little help, find a mentor. It will be the best thing you ever did.

Creative Economic Development Consulting is pleased to announce that it has purchased the nationally recognized Certified Entrepreneurial Community® program developed by AdvantageWest Economic Development Group. Plans are underway to revamp the program and make it available to communities that want to develop and strengthen an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

AdvantageWest launched the Certified Entrepreneurial Community® program in 2007 and over the next several years awarded 10 communities CEC® designation after they completed the rigorous certification process. The program has drawn attention internationally as an innovative approach to helping communities become entrepreneur-ready.

W. Thomas Alexander, chairman of the AdvantageWest board of directors, said, “Although AdvantageWest  is suspending operations due to the loss of state funding, we are pleased to have found partners such as Creative EDC to sustain our key initiatives. The CEC® program has been one of AdvantageWest’s signature programs. We are glad communities will continue to have access to entrepreneur development services, thanks to Creative EDC.”

Creative EDC plans to update the program by improving the certification process, revising certification standards, and adding new support services for certified communities. Creative EDC Founder and CEO Crystal Morphis said, “Our firm is committed to developing and implementing innovative economic development programs. The roll out of in 2014, the first online site assessment tool, is just one example. Updating and relaunching the award-winning CEC® program is another. We are looking forward to putting our creative mark on the CEC® program.”

Look for more information about the revamped CEC® program on the Creative Economic Development Consulting website. The program is set to relaunch in late 2015.

The Last Budget Dollar

June 4, 2015

Got a Few Extra Budget Dollars to Spend by June 30?  Here are some great ideas.  June 30, the end of the fiscal year for some, is around the corner. If your organization is fortunate this year, you may have a little money left to spend.  We love it when we get your calls around this […]

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Stand Out in the Executive Search Process

April 24, 2015

We put together a few tips to help you stand out in the executive search process. Creative EDC has facilitated several executive searches recently for EDOs. We have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Read our tips to be one of the good ones. Think of your resume as your website, it is the […]

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2015 Creative Give Back Winner Is…

March 27, 2015

The winner of the 2015 Creative Give Back is Cabarrus Regional Chamber and EDC. Their proposal to attract more females into non-traditional jobs addresses a workforce challenge and has the potential to be replicated. Excerpts from the Cabarrus proposal explains the challenge their community is facing. “Some of our newest announced logistics companies are telling us that they […]

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We Walk What We Talk

March 20, 2015

We talk about investing in communities, creating a sense of place, revitalizing downtown, redevelopment, and entrepreneurship – and we walk it. Creative EDC was formed in 2012 and headquartered in Elkin, NC, hometown of Crystal Morphis. We didn’t locate here because Elkin is the center of economic development. We’re in Elkin because we believe in investing in […]

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Creative Give Back Deadline Extended

February 26, 2015

Due to weather delays in our region, the deadline for the Creative Give Back has been extended to Monday, March 2, 5:00PM

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Give Back Application Now Available

January 5, 2015

The 2015 application for the 2nd Annual Creative Give Back is now available on our website. What’s your creative idea for the New Year? The Creative Give Back is Creative Economic Development Consulting’s way to give back to the field of economic development and the communities we serve. Starting in 2014, Creative Economic Development Consulting committed to give […]

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The 2nd Annual Creative Give Back

December 22, 2014

The Creative Give Back is Creative Economic Development Consulting’s way to give back to the field of economic development and the communities we serve. Economic development has given us meaningful work and lifelong friends. We have enjoyed playing even the smallest part in improving thousands of lives through sustainable economic development. Starting in 2014, Creative Economic […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 17, 2014

Everyone at Creative EDC wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.      Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it be given with affection. -Pindar

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