BusinessFlare was created in 2012, in response to the need for smaller cities with limited resources to compete for economic development.
BusinessFlare™ is a unique, trademarked approach to economic development that integrates market reality into a local government’s strategic plan, annual budget process and day-to-day operations. It is practical methodology we use to identify an effective strategy that efficiently utilizes limited staff resources. Following the plan will result in real estate investment, new retail business openings, less vacant storefronts, more commercial development, viable public private partnerships, and new jobs!
Economic Development is inevitable, but where it occurs is not. So we focus on the key drivers of investment, combining an evaluation of the real world influence a local government has over each driver with recognition of the influences that are beyond the local government’s control. This is essential to identify strategies that truly encourage economic growth and strengthen a community’s credibility, customer service and cash flow potential.
Meet the Team
Kevin S Crowder CEcD
Founder & CEO
Mr. Crowder is an IEDC Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), whose primary areas of expertise are business and entrepreneurial assistance, private capital investment, market research, public private partnerships, redevelopment agency programs and government affairs. He has conducted detailed economic, fiscal and market analysis for business development, investment, and policy issues and created a broad municipal market research and business assistance program. He is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the Urban Land Institute, the Craft Brewers Association, the American Legion, the Choctaw Nation, ASCAP, the International Chili Society and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Redevelopment Association and the Florida Council for Public Private Partnerships.
Some of the areas Mr. Crowder focuses on are niche revitalization drivers, especially live music and craft breweries. as a practicing musician, he understands the live music industry from every perspective, including performer, venue operator and owner, and local government. He understands how to use live music as a branding strategy that promotes revitalization of other sectors. His experience includes the Fillmore Miami Beach and the Colony Theater. He has also worked with craft breweries as downtown catalysts, and understands the economics and real estate concerns of building and operating breweries. He has worked on site selection and attraction of breweries, and created brewery recruitment incentives and assisted with the creation of the first brewery district in Florida.
Mr. Crowder was the Director of Economic Development for Redevelopment Management Associates from 2013 to 2018, where his responsibilities included economic development, public private partnerships, market research, redevelopment planning, business improvement districts, fiscal impact estimates and real estate. His experience additionally includes 15 years with the City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Redevelopment Agency as the Director of Economic Development and Government Affairs, leading the City's economic development program and multi-jurisdictional lobbying efforts. Mr Crowder began his economic development career in 1994 with the South Beach Business Improvement Districts and the South Beach Marketing Council.
Director of Grants and Healthcare Consulting
Ms. Kilroy has over twenty years of economic development, planning and government affairs experience. She has experience writing and monitoring grants and securing federal and state funding, and identifying multiple potential sources of funding for projects and initiatives in the public and private sectors.
She has served as a project manager for economic development and redevelopment programs in some of the most active and successful agencies in the State of Florida, including significant analysis and monitoring for successful outcomes.
She is an active member of her community, and is, or has served as a member of the Miami Beach Capital Projects Oversight Committee, the Miami-Dade County Local Mitigation Strategy Steering Committee, the Miami Design Preservation League Executive Committee, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Visit Florida’s Medical Tourism Taskforce, and the State of Florida’s Purple Ribbon Taskforce (appointed by the Speaker of the House).
Senior Redevelopment Associate
Mr Bonde has an extensive and diversified background in project administration, asset management and redevelopment experience. During his 26-year career with the City of Miami Beach, he was responsible for managing a wide variety of development and redevelopment initiatives within the City's City Center Historic Convention Village and South Pointe Community Redevelopment Areas. He led the creation, update and ultimate approval of the City Center Historic Convention Village CRA Plan in 1992 and the CRA Plan amendment in 2001. This Amendment reflected the existing conditions and future plans for the redevelopment area, implemented the preliminary proposed master plan for the 17th Street parking lots implemented and funded community policing innovations and utilized TIF for a business assistance program..
Farrell Tiller, MBA
Senior Economic Development Associate
Mr. Tiller’s passion for analytics and community/economic development stems from his education background at Florida Atlantic University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in finance. Upon completion of undergraduate graduate coursework, Mr. Tiller began working as a research and market analyst for the Pompano Beach, FL based Economic Development consulting firm Redevelopment Management Associates (RMA). During his time with RMA, Mr. Tiller expanded his role to become an Economic Development Project Manager and furthered his education by achieving a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida Atlantic University. His background includes experience in finance and budgeting, operations, communication, consensus building, and event planning.
Mr. Tiller’s professional expertise includes market research, analysis and strategy for redevelopment planning, creation of business improvement districts, housing strategies, retail strategies, preparation of economic development plans for business attraction and retention, as well as marketing and communication strategies.
Ms. Duque is a creative director with experience in brand development and management, promotions and product placement, and graphic design. Her creative experience includes cutting edge design for many new establishments in South Beach during the early days of the revitalization of the historic district, and significant experience developing and implementing promotional programs for hotels, restaurants, nightclubs. and public agencies
She has provided creative services to organizations that include Estefan Enterprises, the South Beach Marketing Council, the Cardozo Hotel, the Miami Beach Development Corporation, the City of Miami, the Miami Design Preservation League, the Miami-Beach Redevelopment Agency, and many other local public and private organizations. She has a keen understanding of the private sector and their approach to driving business and cash flow through marketing, and the ability to problem solve client issues and quickly respond to requests with viable, efficient, and affordable solutions. She is a native English and Spanish speaker with significant experience as a translator for various types of clients.
Communications and Public Relations
Mr. Duque is a native English and Spanish communicator-journalist with broad experience in corporate communications and external affairs management, focusing on energy sector. His 32-year career includes: lead design and implementation of corporate communications strategies, internal and external; ensure media management and press relations; design of community engagement strategies based on risk analysis; partake in sector commitees; oversee year-on-year budget execution totalling and contratactor management $500k; generate content for corporate communications vehicles and documents; implement communications protocols during crisis situations.
He has served as the lead on implementtion of communications strategies to support yearly business objectives, operated press offices to interact with local and national media representatives, and managed brand and reputation through initiatives that work with key stakeholders. He has designed and implemented internal communications plans for corporate transitions, advised senior management of key messages and campaings, generated content for internal and external communications channels and accompanied the CEO and other senior officials during communication and press activities.
Ken Stapleton and Associates
With over 30 years of urban revitalization and economic development experience, Ken provides urban economic development program strategy and project management services related to university-community partnerships, innovative urban safety programs, public health initiatives, urban mobility projects, urban place management, place branding, and urban redevelopment strategies to a variety of public and private clients throughout the United States and Canada.
Ken is also the President and CEO of the award-winning SafedesignTM Institute, an organization providing innovative design services, communications strategies, training, program evaluation, and organizational development guidance related to real and perceived safety in urban environments. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences about the topic.
Lincoln Walther Consulting
After 24 years as the Planning Director with CSA Ocean Sciences Inc., Lincoln Walther established his own planning firm in 2014, primarily working with local and state governments across the United States. Over the past 20 years, he has provided specialized expertise in hazard assessment and risk reduction, benefit-cost analysis, and development
of actionable strategies, including structural and non-structural measures, and significant agricultural related work.
His expertise focuses on long-term recovery, resiliency, hazard mitigation plans, wildfire
mitigation plans, flood recovery plans, and post-disaster redevelopment programs.
For more information on how BusinessFlare can help grow your local economy or help you start or expand your business, please contact us.