13 ways to support local organizations and improve your business climate
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Wilson Public Relations Founder + Chief PR Officer Beth Wilson is a proud member of the Business Journals Leadership Trust, an invitation-only network of influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in your community.

No matter where your company is located, there are local organizations focused on improving the regional business climate and infrastructure. Industry leaders can — and should — use their expertise, resources and influence to support these organizations, as working to improve the regional economic climate can benefit everyone doing business there. However, leaders may not always be sure where or how to focus these efforts.

Boosting local economic development organizations through membership and supportive efforts is a win-win situation. Below, 13 members of Business Journals Leadership Trust share ways business leaders can support local organizations focused on improving the regional business climate and infrastructure and thereby drive meaningful change in their communities.

What Beth had to say:

Partner with local universities and nonprofits.
Explore, identify and get involved in organizations like the chamber of commerce and those that provide resources to entrepreneurs. Local universities and nonprofits are good avenues as well. Speak at events or on a panel, serve as a mentor, or offer your services as a way to support your local business community. This will also provide you with an opportunity to assess and recommend where improvements are needed.

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