TadZo is an economic development consulting firm, led by Allison Larsen with over 17 years of economic development experience and more than 10 years in international business management and sales. TadZo’s goal is to help communities stand out as the location of choice for their target audiences.  Success is accomplished using proven techniques for uncovering unique community offerings and aligning those assets with business needs.

Primary services include:

  • Competitiveness Assessments – What assets set your community apart from the competition? Where is your community falling behind the competition and stalling economic growth? What can you do to enhance your competitive position?
  • Action-oriented Strategic Planning – A plan is only good if it is implemented. Are you looking for a way to really make a positive impact with best practice solutions?
  • Target Industry Research and Analysis – Are your targets current? Have your assets changed and created a new value proposition? Are you curious about current industry trends in order to be more effective in your local business outreach and recruitment efforts?
  • Business Recruitment Marketing – Are you looking for tried and true approaches to market your community – but with a fresh twist?  Do you want to know what can bring more positive attention and serious looks at your community?
  • Coaching ResourceWant to do your planning in-house with expert guidance? Need insights for strategy, program development or overcoming a challenge in the community? Through a series of exercises and key questions, TadZo will help you accomplish your goals without the cost of a large consulting engagement.
  • Advanced Training – Are you interested in “201” courses to enhance your professional knowledge? Want to learn more about best practice proposals and sales in economic development? Do you want new skills for work-life balance so you don’t burn out?

With experience working in over 63 communities and 21 states/provinces, TadZo tracks best practices – what works and what doesn’t – to draw upon for potential solutions in each unique situation facing a community.