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FREE: CEO of to Speak in Fresno

CEO of, columnist for Fast Company, and author of Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business, Nancy Lublin has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, The New York Times and The Economist. Nancy will be the featured speaker at the August 17 Collaborative Economic Development Summit in Fresno, CA. She will speak on how economic development professionals can leverage existing creativity and pool resources by taking lessons from each other.

As CEO of Do Something, Nancy helped the struggling organization become one of the largest and most successful Internet youth volunteer groups in the world. Leveraging social media and pop culture to help teens “rock causes they care about,” in 2010 Do Something helped one million teens take action through their programs. By drawing on personal experience as well as her interviews with other “rock star” leaders of flourishing not-for-profits, in her book, Zilch, she shares what for-profit businesses and economic developers can learn from not-for-profits by doing more with less.

Statewide economic development summit series to highlight best practices with lean budgets

As part of a collaborative effort to generate economic growth, state and local non-profits will hold the second event in a summit series to highlight economic development strategies made successful through creativity and pooled resources.

Building Momentum with Lean Resources is the theme for this summit which will be hosted by California Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) in partnership with the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED).

The event was designed to showcase out-of-the-box initiatives and ideas already proven to be successful in economic recovery efforts throughout the nation.

Economic development requires several parties to push the same rock up the same hill while drawing on unique strengths. This summit will reinforce the framework we know works, and that’s regional collaboration.

–Kirk Nagamine, President/CEO, Central Valley Business Incubator

In addition to Ms. Lublin, representatives from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Central Valley Business Incubator and CSU Fresno will hold a panel discussion on regionalized best practices to generate economic growth using minimal available resources.

MIKE DOZIER | California State University, Fresno

  • The Small Communities Network is a collaboration and sharing of resources, issues, knowledge and solutions among small cities who face some of the largest barriers to creating sustainable, healthy communities. The network takes a collaborative and small communities-focused approach to economic development.

KIRK NAGAMINE | Central Valley Business Incubator

  • The Blue Tech Valley strategically leverages the region’s unique environment, resources and physical assets for inventors, entrepreneurs, start-ups and established companies. This creates a rich context for testing, incubating and commercializing innovative water, energy and agriculture technologies.

PATRICK MCGUIRE | Governor’s Office of Economic Development

  • The Governor’s Office of Economic Development partners with local government and economic development organizations to help attract and retain jobs.

What makes this summit series so exciting is that the program will reach more than 18 communities through broadband streaming and never impact city and county travel budgets. Rural and metropolitan economic developers and partners don’t typically have many opportunities to work together or share ideas and the California SBDC is proud to facilitate the interaction.

–Kristin Johnson, California SBDC Chair

The summit will be simulcast live to additional “mini-summits” all over California as part of a goal to reach 1,000 economic developers across the state over summer 2011. If you are outside of the Fresno area mini-summits streaming the Fresno program will be hosted in El Centro, Monterey and Rohnert Park.

This free event will be held Aug. 17 at the UC Center in Fresno, located at 550 East Shaw Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to noon, with check-in beginning at 8:15 a.m. Space is limited and registration is required. To learn more or sign up, go to or call (707) 826-3922.

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