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Profile of Christine Hamilton-Pennell, Founder and President
An accomplished speaker and trainer, Christine has a background in both economic development and business research services. Her workshop topics include Supporting Local Entrepreneurs as an Economic Development Strategy, Starting an Economic Gardening Project, Meeting the Research Needs of Small and Growing Businesses, and The Role of Public Libraries in Economic Development. Over the past five years, she has made dozens of presentations to local, state, national, and international groups.
Christine has also provided consulting services to large and small communities to assist them in implementing an entrepreneurship support program. Recent clients have included the Association of Regional Economic Development Partners in Portland, Oregon; the Economic Development department of Douglas County, Colorado; and the Economic Develoment department of Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
Previously, she served as the Economic Intelligence Specialist for the Business/Industry Affairs department of the City of Littleton, Colorado. In this position she provided strategic consulting, competitive intelligence, marketing support, and customized research to businesses within the city as part of their Economic Gardening project. Prior to joining the City of Littleton, she owned an independent research company for five years and directed the professional Resource Center at the Colorado Department of Education for eleven years.
Since Christine's expertise encompasses both economic development and business research services, she is uniquely qualified to assist communities in implementing a local economic development project. Her particular passion and expertise is Economic Gardening, an entrepreneurial approach to economic development that seeks to support local entrepreneurs by focusing on the three pillars of information, infrastructure, and connections. She is also very interested in linking local and regional community economic development efforts with public, community college, and university libraries.
Christine holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UCLA and a master’s degree in religion and ethics from The Iliff School of Theology. She also holds a graduate certificate in Developing Web-Based Learning Environments from the University of Colorado, Denver, and has created and facilitated several online courses on marketing and developing internal locus of control, as well as an online tutorial on scholarly publishing.
Her article, “CI for Small Businesses: The City of Littleton’s Economic Gardening Program,” was published in the December 2004 issue of Competitive Intelligence magazine. She was profiled by the Special Libraries Association in the article, “Growing Businesses in a Colorado Garden,” Information Outlook, April, 2007. Christine's articles have also appeared in magazines and journals such as FreePint, the Rural Research Report, Library Journal, and CyberSkeptic.