Land Grant's GrowthRoots

Land Grant's GrowthRoots GrowthRoots Inc. enables your small-business success by delivering Web-based Knowledge Publishing in the Technology-Rich Economic Empowerment (TREE) space at the ultra-urban neighborhood grassroots. See www.growthroots.com for more.

At Brooklyn-based Land Grant's GrowthRoots—LGGR, our Knowledge Publishing company—we strive to build and buttress the commercial success of your small business or micro-enterprise. Our beat is small-business empowering "News, Views, Tools & How-To For TREE." Or, Tech-Rich Economic Empowerment. TREE is bottom-up, DIY, hyperlocal—and all about YOU. Part of our integrated assistance to you and your community is our parallel empowerment of local Economic Development Organizations (EDOs). This includes—we hope and trust!—the EDO that serves your commercial needs in your own neighborhood here in New York City. (We at LGGR are in the process of starting relationships with all the EDOs of our Gotham—AND are presenting them with free tailored Knowledge on a regularly scheduled basis.) At LGGR, we see EDOs as natural, business change-agents operating hyperlocally. EDOs are multipliers of effort, extenders of support, educators of first resort and leaders to member enhancement and success. We have a primary EDO objective with our Knowledge Publishing. That is to help individual EDOs enhance the commercial success of their local constituent Member/Merchants. And, thus, enhance the wealth and life-quality of their entire hyperlocal community. We call this EDO segment of our core economic-empowerment Publishing program "EDO 2.0." A prominent EDO category in New York City is a BID (Business Improvement District). There are 64 in the Big Apple. EDOs like BIDs coalesce the commercial interests of local small businesses—all within a specific ultra-urban territory, community or neighborhood. They aggregate, build and serve local constituencies—many or most of which are storefront-based micro-retailers and service providers. (Is your local EDO taking advantage of LGGR's Knowledge Publishing? Right now—if you're outside NYC—probably not! If you would like your EDO to gain from Land Grant's GrowthRoots, please contact me by email. I’ll personally reach out to convince your EDO’s Executive Director to take advantage of our free, small-business-focused Knowledge. This will benefit your EDO, your small business and your community. Knowledge IS power—AND profit, too!) So, we at LGGR welcome you here to our page—whether you’re a small enterprise or a small enterprise-supporting EDO. We also present our small-business-tailored Knowledge via other iterations of our online system. These include our Web-site blog and (soon) our eNewsletter. (The main distinction between these two modes is that the latter is an automated "push" system. As an opt-in subscriber, you will receive our LGGR blog content—and other free content—on the day of publication via email. We at Land Grant's GrowthRoots report on the newest and most innovative Information & Communication Technology (ICT) that can underpin your commercial success. Some of our most important ICT segments are neo new-media (e.g., iPhone's Siri), social media (e.g., Facebook) and social business (e.g., Wordpress' eCommerce plug-ins). GrowthRoots uses these kinds of functions and others to acquire, create, aggregate and edit our small business-specific Knowledge for you. We then deliver this tailored Knowledge to you online in several forms and modes. GrowthRoots’ small-enterprise and EDO 2.0 Knowledge Publishing is ready to work for you—right now!

Mission: Technology-Rich Economic Empowerment (TREE) at Your Community/Commercial Grassroots.

ReSTORE 2.0: Sandy Recovery For Small Stores
11/15/2012
ReSTORE 2.0: Sandy Recovery For Small Stores

ReSTORE 2.0: Sandy Recovery For Small Stores

[Photo Caption: Heavy construction-site timbers scattered about on a Water Street (aptly named!) sidewalk—in front of the kitchen of famous chocolatier Jacques Torres—in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The 18” square timbers were jack-strawed here on Sandy’s surge on the night of 29 October (at this location the f

Smarter Small Businesses: Startups 2 Ramp-Ups
08/31/2012
Smarter Small Businesses: Startups 2 Ramp-Ups

Smarter Small Businesses: Startups 2 Ramp-Ups

[Photo Caption: This is the cover illustration to NEW TECH CITY, a May 2012 study by The Center for an Urban Future {The CUF}. This CUF report is about the tech-business boom in Gotham—its causes, growth and future. I use this photoshopped re-imaging of Times Square here to illustrate the power and

"Smarter Small Businesses"->Recommendations!
08/24/2012
"Smarter Small Businesses"->Recommendations!

"Smarter Small Businesses"->Recommendations!

[Photo Caption: Here is the cover illustration to SMARTER SMALL BUSINESSES," a public-policy report and (better!) a “what-we-can-do” with or about the findings. The Center for an Urban Future {CUF} in New York City—under the leadership of Jonathan Bowles, Director— created the report.] As this cover

CUF Finds NYC Needs Smarter Small Businesses
08/17/2012
CUF Finds NYC Needs Smarter Small Businesses

CUF Finds NYC Needs Smarter Small Businesses

[Photo Caption: Jonathan Bowles, Director of The Center for an Urban Future {CUF} in New York City, talks about the Center and its Public Policy "think-tanking" innovations.] Forget the topless towers, Gotham is a micro-biz town. Particularly when you leave the Manhattan shadows of the Empire State

3 ICT Innovs: (2) Digital-Divide Bridging V-Pole
06/13/2012
3 ICT Innovs: (2) Digital-Divide Bridging V-Pole

3 ICT Innovs: (2) Digital-Divide Bridging V-Pole

[Photo Caption: Vancouver, B.C., Mayor Gregor Robertson “poses” with concept-renditions of Photoshopped “V-Poles” shown in situ in two projected locations (photo right middle ground and middle backgound). The “V” in V-pole stands for Vancouver. This acknowledges the support provided the project by t

3 ICT Innovations: (1) Small Loans for Small Biz
06/01/2012
3 ICT Innovations: (1) Small Loans for Small Biz

3 ICT Innovations: (1) Small Loans for Small Biz

[Photo Caption: A community bank, now the best friend (BFF??) of the loan-bereft micro-enterprise in the Nabes…]Small-Business Owner, I spend a lot of time each week in research. I’m always seeking to uncover—and then report on—the new and appropriate technology you need to learn about (and perhaps

Merchants' DigiKit 2: Tools For Finding Tools
05/27/2012
Merchants' DigiKit 2: Tools For Finding Tools

Merchants' DigiKit 2: Tools For Finding Tools

My 11 April post was the first in my new, long-term series on the Merchants' DigiKit (sub-titled Your Retailers' Digital Tools). In that post, I talked about why the GrowthRoots’ DigiKit will empower you. In this very dynamic and often difficult Digital World of ours, you CAN advance your commercial

Ten Topical TW Tweets: Tasty, Timely Tidbits
04/16/2012
Ten Topical TW Tweets: Tasty, Timely Tidbits

Ten Topical TW Tweets: Tasty, Timely Tidbits

[Photo Caption: A variation on the Twitter logo! Weekly, I hope to present ten of my best Tweets from the prior seven days or so beneath this logo.]Land Grant @land_grantRetail supports 1 in 4 U.S. Jobs = 42 meg emplys enjoy wages & benefits: $1.49 TRILLION! Check the stats fro

Merchants' DigiKit: Your Retailers' Digital Tools
04/12/2012
Merchants' DigiKit: Your Retailers' Digital Tools

Merchants' DigiKit: Your Retailers' Digital Tools

[Photo Caption: Software, media, interface tools, connectors and other components and devices go into a digital toolkit for Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) and their small business constituencies in Brooklyn and the City. And, the most important of these is software—the

Bklyn Tech Triangle->Compelling Prospects
04/09/2012
Bklyn Tech Triangle->Compelling Prospects

Bklyn Tech Triangle->Compelling Prospects

[Photo Caption: Hey, every initiative of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle's importance needs a logo to anchor its brand building. So, I whipped one up to "illustrate" this post. At the least (most??), you could say this logo is literal, if nothing else! I'll be happy to "retire" this p

Social Media Week NY: Knowledge Ecosystem #2
02/15/2012
Social Media Week NY: Knowledge Ecosystem #2

Social Media Week NY: Knowledge Ecosystem #2

[Photo Caption: Here’s another screen shot from Social Media Week’s Web site. This depicts the SMW "Official Mobile App" graphically. This app is one of the most effective means to make sense and organize this more or less global, parallel-presented, SocMed “hive happening.” This

02/10/2012

Newbies all should join me in joining Twitter...I'm flying...

Fashionable Funding: Style Startups Get Pin $ +
02/09/2012
Fashionable Funding: Style Startups Get Pin $ +

Fashionable Funding: Style Startups Get Pin $ +

[Photo Caption: Your blogger (incognito on the left) and his son-in-law Nico Bazzani—who is, in fact, in the business of fashion—seen (in resonant 20s’ style) at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island last August. My daughter Thea and Nico are partners in BAZZ de GRANT, a j

02/08/2012
http://www.growthroots.como/

As many of you know, all matters entrepreneurial are like the circus act with spinning plates atop too many wands! Or, how many parallel "keep 'em spinning" processes can you maintain without breaking a plate (or business initiative) for want of timely input.

For me, blogging requires a lot of plates spun up on a Editorial Calendar "got to!" timeline. (Right now, that's Mon/Wed/Fri.)

To help keep our Knowledge Publishing deliveries on point (of a "wand" or day), I've just initiated "GrowthRoots Gurus."

I'm starting to create a Guru Team of Guest Bloggers to present audience-focused Knowledge to our a-building community of Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) and their member micro-enterprisers. This is a Team of experts, commentators, authors, speakers, consultants and other value-added Knowledge providers who will Guest Post at www.growthroots.com on a monthly basis.

More to come on this new Land Grant's GrowthRoots initiative...

Got an update from Jason Richelson -- entrepreneur behind and in-front of ShopKeep -- my favorite Mom&Pop-Does-Steroids ...
02/06/2012
ShopKeep Raises $2.2 Million for Web-based iPad Cash Register

Got an update from Jason Richelson -- entrepreneur behind and in-front of ShopKeep -- my favorite Mom&Pop-Does-Steroids POS innovation. ShopKeep garnered $2.2 megs of invest in January! Well deserved!

Here's the link to the Journal story: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2012/01/17/shopkeep-raises-2-2-million-for-web-based-ipad-cash-register/

I commented on my Profile:
Jason keeps on (shop)keeping on! Love the solution--sheer elegance mated with the cross-boundary Apple ecosystem--and our micro-retailer in Ultra-Urbania needs POS power cm pennies per.

ShopKeep is trying to use Apple’s iPad tablet computer and the Web to break into the mundane but lucrative market for cash register software.

SoLoMo: NRF's Show Mobile App CyberGuides...
01/21/2012
SoLoMo: NRF's Show Mobile App CyberGuides...

SoLoMo: NRF's Show Mobile App CyberGuides...

[Photo Caption: This screen shot is grabbed from the “BIG Show Mobile App” landing page on NRF’s site. This App makes the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & Expo, the “BIG Show” for 2012, a rational experience.]In that post, I showcased—again—“SoLoMo.” (Because the

Morsels From The Floor: NRF BIG Show Tidbits
01/19/2012
Morsels From The Floor: NRF BIG Show Tidbits

Morsels From The Floor: NRF BIG Show Tidbits

[Photo Caption: Two of many NRF-employed guides at the Javits Center in Manhattan offer to personally direct the uninformed, curious, confused and lost. Reflecting the very-large international presence at the BIG Show, one of the guides presents a sign in Portuguese and Spanish.

Nat Retail Fed's BIG Show: Your Merchant MUST!
01/12/2012
Nat Retail Fed's BIG Show: Your Merchant MUST!

Nat Retail Fed's BIG Show: Your Merchant MUST!

[Photo Caption: The logo for the National Retail Federation's 101th "Retail's BIG Show"—NRF’s Annual Convention & EXPO at the Javits Center next week: from 15 to 18 January. Click the link above for details...] As I say every year at this time—to any size retailer—the NRF BIG Sho

12/16/2011

My Dear Prospective “Likers”!

Yep, I’m new to Facebook. And, I need a little help from my Friends (and Family)! (Kindly overlook my Facebook embarrassments and blunders of commission or omission: I’m learning by doing…and would be delighted to receive your direction, critiques and tutorials.)

A few weeks ago, I published this page for my new "Land Grant's GrowthRoots" (LGGR) Knowledge-Publishing initiative. (As you can see, it’s still very-much a work in progress! At the moment, you can find the richest information about LGGR in—yes!—Info.)

I intend to use this FB Page as the basis for much of LGGR’s initial social-media marketing. Sure, I’ll have to get better first…

LGGR is an entrepreneurial “pivot” for GrowthRoots. Our provisional tagline is “ICT News, Views, Tools & How-To For TREE.” ICT is Information & Communication Technology and TREE is Technology-Rich Economic Empowerment. With LGGR, I’m returning to my writer/journalist/publisher roots. Our audience for LGGR is hyperlocal micro-enterprises and EDOs (Economic Development Organizations) at the community/commercial grassroots.

Now—if you’d like—here’s how you can help me.

I’m starting that great push upward for page “friend” enrollment. To start, my milestones are very, very modest. (Risible, even! Gotta start somewhere…)

First, I need just FIVE Friends to like this "Land Grant's GrowthRoots" page from their Profiles. (This enables me to automatically display my GrowthRoots blog—publishing target: three days a week—on both my Page and Profile “walls” via the NetworkedBlogs system.)

Second, I need TWENTY-FIVE Page “likers” to enable me to capture a unique user-name for my Page URL. (This is all cumulative: so, in actuality, that’s 20 more.) Unsurprisingly, our user-name will be "Land Grant's GrowthRoots."

So, please just “Like” this LGGR Page. Easy as that.

You’re the best!
LAND

Social Passport: Real-Time Social Engagement
11/16/2011
Social Passport: Real-Time Social Engagement

Social Passport: Real-Time Social Engagement

[This is a place-holder for this incomplete post. Thanks for your patience while I gather additional info to complete my text/video report on Social Passport—a company I definitely think you need to know in detail... If you can't wait, take a look at my video interview below of D

[NetworkedBlogs Verification Widget]
11/08/2011
[NetworkedBlogs Verification Widget]

[NetworkedBlogs Verification Widget]

[Test of LG's ownership of this blog (for NetworkedBlogs verification). If you stumble on this exercise, come again and it will be gone...]

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