Economic Development Strategy Attachments:
Catalog of commercial & industrial properties
The Economic Development Council is maintaining a list of commercial & industrial properties for sale or lease in Lincoln County.
This opportunity is provided at no charge in an effort to strengthen our economy by filling vacant sites throughout our County. If you have a commercial property for sale or lease, we encourage you to complete the Property Information Form (links below) and return it to the EDC office. If the property is listed with a real estate agent we will include that agent’s contact information. If the property is "for sale by owner" we will list it with the details provided. Property can be private or public, developed or raw land, commercial or industrial.
Please help us spread the word.
If you have any questions, please contact us. We are here to help!
Margie & Joyce
Property Information Form (Word) Property Information Form (PDF)
Please let us know when property is sold or leased. Thank You!
Basics of Cutomer Service
From the Center for Economic Vitality
What is Customer Service and Why is it Important?
Customer service is the service given to customers before, during, and after a purchase. Having good customer service is extremely important to a business, because without customers you will no longer have a business. While, it's true you can always try to get new customers, studies say that it takes more money to acquire a new customer than to keep an existing one. This is because you have to spend more money on advertising and marketing to make new people aware of your business and get them in the door to make a purchase. MORE
FREE Microsoft Training available from our partners at WorkSource:
If you or your employees need to improve skills in Word, Excel, Outlook or PowerPoint, you have an opportunity to do it right now - for free.
Despite large budget cuts, the Employment Security Department extended its contract with Microsoft to make the company’s entire suite of online courses available for free to Washington residents for another year.
The contract originally was scheduled to end in October 2011, but was continued through October 2012.
The available courses cover basic computer literacy, the full array of Office and Windows products, and training for IT professionals. Any working-age resident of Washington state is eligible for the free training, whether employed or unemployed.
Upon request, access codes are sent by email through local WorkSource employment centers. To learn more and to register online, log in to Go2WorkSource.com and click on the “Wow! Free Microsoft E-learning” icon on the right.
Lincoln County residents are served by the Colville WorkSource office - when registering, click on the Colville section of the map. Information and registration assistance also are available at local WorkSource centers, which are listed on the Go2WorkSource.com website.
Under the terms of the contract with Microsoft, e-learning access codes will be distributed through Oct. 31, 2012, and must be activated no later than that date. From the point a code is activated, the user has 12 months to complete the online coursework. For example, an access code activated on Oct. 20, 2011, is good until Oct. 19, 2012. There are five learning plans and over 1,000 different classes to choose from. Take as many as you want at your own pace and at the skill level you need.
Please spread the word. We all benefit from a skilled workforce!
eXtension Entrepreneurs and Their Communities
The following webinars are archived at:
ON-LINE PRESENCE Series 2011
Creating Valuable Content That Converts
Building a Business in Specialty Foods Webinar Series
Just creating a website and filling it with content (usually from our brochures) is simply not enough any more. It's important that you create content that is valuable to your audience and will lead them through a conversion process which will take them from just being a site visitor to someone who has a business relationship with you. We talk about content creation, frequency and how social media will play a part.
Scott Wild, WildInspire, Bismarck ND has been working in the computer industry for the past 15 years with experience ranging from software programming, corporate training, and internet marketing and consulting. He is passionate about the role that the Internet plays in marketing for profits and non-profits. He is a big believer in networking and generating ideas in a group setting. http://www.wildinspire.com/
Getting Down to Business with Social Media Marketing
Social media and on-line tools have changed marketing forever. The good news is that you already know the hard parts of succeeding with these tools, it's just that no one told you how. We look at the ROI for real small businesses, then we'll go through a four step process to create a living and working plan that brings social media marketing right into the heart of your business.
Becky McCray, is a small town business owner, with a retail store and a cattle ranch in Woods County, Oklahoma. She writes about small town business issues at http://www.smallbizsurvival.com
You Are Here! Maps for Business
You Are Here! Learn how to create and use interactive maps and geo-location tools to bring clientele to your doors. Many people are using their computers and handheld technology to make decisions about their next stop or purchase. Too often the commercial mapping and GPS tools available are woefully inaccurate for getting our business information to potential customers.
Jennifer Nixon and Connie Hancock, UNL Extension Educators are focused on helping communities and businesses improve economic development opportunities thru the utilization and adoption of broadband access.
Starting Right in Specialty Foods. Join Brian Norder, Director of the Vermont Food Venture Center, - informative session on what it takes to start and grow a specialty food business. Brian has over a decade of experience assisting entrepreneurs in all phases of food-related business development.
The importance of branding featured specialty food business owners Judith Moore of the Charleston Cookie Company (http://www.charlestoncookie.com) and Robin Rhea, Slather Sauce (http://www.slatheriton.com).
Culinary Tourism, an emerging niche that combines agriculture, specialty food and tourism. This presentation featured a panel of Extension specialists working on Culinary Tourism initiatives.
Energizing Entrepreneurs and
Developing Entrepreneur Ready Communities
are also archived on the eXtension Entrepreneurs and Their Communities site.
Investing for Farm Families,
eXtension, in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, has launched a new online investing course targeting farm and ranch families. The 8-lesson course helps farm families plan for a financially stable future that meets long-term needs. www.extension.org/pages/Investing_for_Farm_Families