"BR&E is an economic development strategy that focuses on the retention and expansion of existing businesses. Programs are designed to help support existing business development and expand in today's global economy"–Business Retention and Expansion International





  1. Anderson, L. (Ed.). (2007, Winter). Growing and keeping your region's businesses [Theme issue]. Economic Development America.

    Features: putting the business back in business retention, five musts for incubator success, growing and keeping your regions college-educated workers. 32 pages.

  2. Bryant, R. (1997, Spring). Existing industry expansion: A case study. Economic Development Review, 15(1), 62-63.

    Bryant explores an example of business retention in Shreveport, Louisiana. 2 pages.

  3. Dickson, K. (2005, Fall). Pounding the pavement. Economic Development Journal: 27-32.

    Economic developers might be surprised to learn that their local businesses are not quite as happy as they thought and that these businesses are craving the developers' attention. It is exciting to chase new development for a city, but as with any business, it is easier to retain or grow current customers than to win new ones. 7 pages.

  4. Joy, E. R. (1996, Summer). Existing industry program: The backbone of economic development. Economic Development Review, 14(3), 25-26.

    Seven out of eight jobs created are from existing businesses. This article gives steps and advice for setting up a business retention program in your own community. 2 pages.

  5. Lambe, W. (2007). Business retention and expansion: "Synergizing" service delivery. Durham, NC: CFED.

    "A Comparative Analysis for Saving North Carolina's Existing Industries." In response to the continued loss of small manufacturing firms in North Carolina, this study seeks to answer the question: How can the state optimize synergies between local, regional, and state business retention and expansion programs to maximize their effectiveness for small manufacturing firms in North Carolina? 50 pages.

  6. Surridge, R., & Martin, C. (1997, Fall). Using industry clustering for business retention and expansion. Economic Development Review, 15(3), 20-22.

    The article examines the use of industry clustering and outlines the steps needed for business retention and expansion. 3 pages.

  7. Waugh, J. W. (1999, Winter). Taking care of businesses and unexpected benefits. Economic Development Review, 16(3), 73-75.

    The author explains why taking care of existing businesses is analogous to taking care of one’s community. 3 pages.

Last Updated: May 21, 2014