The BusinessFlare® Publishing Group was launched to provide information about the BusinessFlare® Approach to economic development, design, and entrepreneurship though eBooks and hard copy printings. We are also available to help entrepreneurial-minded aspiring authors in getting your ideas published.

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Gut Sandwich

All too often communities and local governments engage consultants to run a “Gap Analysis” and identify “retail strategies” to attract new businesses, only to find that these strategies are limited and often do not truly enhance the community or meet its needs.

Retail and small business development must occur within the context of an overall place-based economic development approach; otherwise, dollar stores, chains, and restaurants where food comes out of a bag will be the future.

Ultimately, successful economic development is an exercise in intestinal fortitude and not always a place to play it safe. Look beyond the trailing data and find your community’s potential. Learn from successful entrepreneurs and apply their thinking to your economic development growth efforts. Don’t rely solely on the data; instead, put the relevant data between a slice of intuition and a slice of instinct and eat a Gut Sandwich.

"Market Analysis only tells you how you got to a place you may not want to be anymore. It doesn't have anything to do with your potential and where you can go. Stories make the difference."

Available in eBook and Paperback. | 47 pages

Governing for Economic Development

All too often local governments focus on economic development tactics without a strategy, seemingly throwing things against the wall waiting for something to stick. The BusinessFlare® Approach provides a base of understanding that helps local governments implement strategies and tactics that can improve their local economy and grow their tax base within the limitations of their resources. BusinessFlare is an approach that is based in the evaluation and adoption of strategies and tactics to improve six areas of economic development influence: investment drivers, common business climate themes, community connections, economic development values, opportunities and implementation. The former economic development director for Miami Beach, Kevin S. Crowder’s BusinessFlare Approach is based on one of the most significant local economic development successes of the last thirty years and is presented in a way that is relevant to every community.

Available in eBook and paperback. | 48 pages

Gobernando para el Desarrollo Económico

Con demasiada frecuencia, los gobiernos locales se centran en las tácticas de desarrollo económico sin una estrategia, aparentemente arrojando cosas contra la pared esperando que algo se pegue. El Enfoque BusinessFlare® proporciona una base de comprensión que ayuda a los gobiernos locales a implementar estrategias y tácticas que pueden mejorar su economía local y aumentar su base impositiva dentro de las limitaciones de sus recursos. BusinessFlare es un enfoque que se basa en la evaluación y adopción de estrategias y tácticas para mejorar seis áreas de influencia del desarrollo económico: motores de inversión, temas comunes del clima empresarial, conexiones comunitarias, valores de desarrollo económico, oportunidades e implementación. El Enfoque de BusinessFlare de Kevin S. Crowder, ex director de desarrollo económico de Miami Beach, se basa en uno de los éxitos de desarrollo económico local más importantes de los últimos treinta años y se presenta de una manera que es relevante para cada comunidad.

Este libro no pretende ser un curso avanzado para profesionales del desarrollo económico. Está diseñado principalmente para el laico que se postula para un puesto en el consejo de la ciudad porque se preocupa por su comunidad y quiere ver que su economía y calidad de vida mejoren.

eBook y paperback. | 60 pajinas

Confessions of a Physical Chemist

Dr. Gene A. Crowder (Father of BusinessFlare Founder Kevin Crowder) grew up in a small town in rural Oklahoma and went on to serve as the chemistry department head at both West Texas State University and Louisiana Tech University, publishing 170 research papers in the field of mass spectrometry and attracting over $1 million in research grants. He was a student favorite, described as one of their favorites, and having a gift for teaching, one of the few professors that made college about the students. This connection to the students led him to come out of retirement two additional times to teach at the University of Texas at Arlington and at Tarrant County Community College.

This is his personal and professional memoir, stories of rural struggle and hard work, family, ambition, education, independence, success, and faith. It is the story of his family, both growing up and as a grown-up, and it is a story about his experiences in the classroom and in the lab. It is a collection of the stories that made him the man he was, and of the people whose lives he touched. Well respected by everyone he met and one of the smartest and most faithful men to be put in the position to help shape future generations. He was proof that a man of science can be a man of faith, or better yet, that a man of faith can also be a man of science.

These "confessions" will be enjoyed by all, whether or not you personally knew him, because his voice comes through with all of its reason, wit, sense of humor, honesty, and occasional irreverence. You will also get to hear from some of his students in their own words as they provided their comments on their professor and course evaluations over the course of his career.

Available in eBook, paperback and hardback. | 175 pages

Goodnight's Red River Spice Co. Cookbook

Goodnight's Red River Spice Company is one of BusinessFlare's entrepreneurial ventures

Learn authentic recipes based on Goodnight's Red River Spice Blends. Fish, meat, bison, chicken, tacos and burritos, meatballs, curries, wings, chili, and more. Don't Be Intimidated; start cooking and eating now.

These are great for everything from comfort food to competition.

You can buy or download the cookbook here, and you can learn more about the company and buy some spices here.

72 pages

Ocean Drive Policy Standard Cover

Our Drive Ocean Drive

In late summer 2020 we revisited the original Ocean Drive Policy Standards which were instrumental in the successful revitalization of that street and all of South Beach. We believe that the erosion of those standards and less attention to them over time has significantly contributed to the recent decline of Ocean Drive and the Miami Beach Entertainment District. In this publication, we republish those standards and give our two cents on them and their role today. Read it here.