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Business Retention and Expansion & Business and Investment Attraction

Our commitment to your success is stronger than ever and we are thrilled to unveil exciting enhancements in 2024.


Dive into the heart of economic development with our Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) course! This program is  designed to enrich your understanding of cultivating a robust business community, emphasizing BRE as a pivotal economic strategy.

Elevate your economic development game and contribute to building a thriving business community. Enrol now.


  • Strategic Planning: Learn to plan, establish, and skillfully manage a BR&E program.
  • Program Examples: Explore real-world Business Visitation Programs (BVPs), Import Replacement Programs (IRPs), and other BRE initiatives.
  • Identifying 'Red Flags': Discover the art of recognizing and responding to critical issues or challenges faced by local businesses.
  • Creating a Supportive Environment: Understand how to foster an entrepreneurial and pro-business atmosphere.
  • Business Incubation: Delve into the concept of nurturing Home-Based Businesses (HBBs).
  • Government Roles: Uncover the essential roles of government in successful BR&E programs.
  • Resource Toolbox: Access a wealth of resources dedicated to supporting and sustaining businesses.


Uncover essential strategies in Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) that introduce and highlight the benefits of business investment attraction for your community. Gain insights into what motivates existing businesses to expand their operations.


  • Assessing Readiness: Learn how to determine if your community is 'investment ready.'
  • Strategic Industry Targeting: Identify your target industry through competitive advantage analysis.
  • Crafting a Marketing Strategy: Develop an effective Investment Marketing Strategy for your community.
  • Tools for Attraction: Explore real-world examples of business investment attraction tools.
  • Site Selectors and FDI: Introduce the crucial topics of Site Selectors and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
  • Site Selection Phases: Understand the different phases of Site Selection.
  • Measuring Success: Discover methods for measuring the success of your Business Investment Attraction (BIA) program.
  • Mitigating Risks: Explore project risk factors and effective risk management.
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