Council President Invites Professor to Teach Lesson on Boosting City Business

A Babson College professor of entrepreneurship will take the city to school Tuesday night, at the invitation of council President John A. Michitson (pictured above).

Daniel Isenberg (pictured at left), who leads the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project, plans to explain the project to city officials in the hopes that they will gain insight into ways to help start-ups and small businesses to thrive in Haverhill.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. Council Chambers on the second floor of Haverhill City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

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Michitson’s goal throughout his tenure on the City Council has been to lure innovative businesses that would bring 21st century jobs to the city.

Isenberg has led BEEP projects worldwide, and says the most important ingredient is committed leadership. He said the BEEP initiative helps regional leaders create the policies, structures, programs and climate the foster entrepreneurship.

If the city should decide to take part in a BEEP project, the first step would be to organize a series of meetings, presentations and workshops to rally a group of local public and private leaders to understand what Isenberg calls the “ecosystem mindset” and how it applies to the city.

The group is expected to come to consensus about a mission and objectives, time frames, assets and liabilities of the current environment, and commitment to launch a full-fledged project.

Councilors have canceled a hearing on a 42-unit apartment project at 127-133 Merrimack St. scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting. RB Asset Management has withdrawn its application.


One thought on “Council President Invites Professor to Teach Lesson on Boosting City Business

  1. “Isenberg has led BEEP projects worldwide,” –

    Great! I wonder if that includes an environment where “leaders” continue attract the lowest common denominator to its populace? In a state, thanks to its political ideological and determination to keep crony capitalism its main business model, which has led to the number one job creator in MA to leave: manufacturing. So while the rest of The United States enjoys the revitalization, abet subsidized, return of manufacturing jobs, MA has found a way to keep itself isolated. Union greed, hypocrisy, and cronyism has helped deter any manufacturer to think twice before coming here.

    Of course, I would question any company motives that is drawn to a city with a failing school system, rise in crime, and ground zero in the opioid crisis.