Partner Firms

Collaborative Teaming Arrangements

Network of Experienced Partners & Specialists

Economic development is a team sport. That’s why Upsize Marketing Strategies partners with other firms to provide wraparound services, customized for your needs.  We team with other experienced and high-performance economic development firms. Meet our partner agencies.

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Barber Business Advisors

Barber Business Advisors, BBA, provides objective insight, allowing organizations to take informed action and change lives. We believe our approach to problem-solving better serves communities wanting to improve their local economies and companies seeking new and optimal locations for future operations.

BBA Principal Dean Barber has worked to help communities become better places for business investment and job creation for more than 20 years. He has also provided a wide array of national and international companies with location advisory analysis, incentive negotiation, and startup transition.

Prior to founding BBA in 2011, Dean was the Director of International Development at the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, assisting companies to establish business operations in that state. He also served as the Vice President of Business Development at Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

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Convergence

Convergence, LLC is a certified HubSpot partner that customizes an economic development version of HubSpot. Convergence works with organizations operating in the economic development ecosystem including city economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, business incubators and accelerators, universities, workforce development agencies. 

HubSpot provides a unified software platform that allows your team to collaborate and share information that will help your community achieve your economic growth objectives.

Principal Tom Wengler has been helping communities adopt CRM systems since 2010.

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Goldstone Consulting Group

Goldstone Consulting Group provides corporate strategy and execution-oriented advisory services to multinational companies and small family run operations considering the establishment or expansion of operations. Goldstone Consulting Group delivers the compulsory information to make the most effective conclusion.  Through services that include location analysis, strategic plan development, incentive negotiation and implementation, corporate real estate services and project feasibility studies, management can access the critical information needed to make the best decision.

Managing Director, David Gaines, MEDP runs the day-to-day operations of Goldstone Consulting. Prior to founding the company in 2016, Gaines held leadership roles in two local and regional economic development agencies dating back to 2007. During that time, he was responsible for the business attraction efforts for the communities he represented as well as business retention and expansion programs for those communities.

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O'Brian & Associates

O’Brian & Associates capitalizes on the nearly thirty-six years of experience of its principal, Rob O’Brian. Rob has led Chambers of Commerce and worked in economic development, and workforce and community development.

Rob is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management (IOM) of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation by the International Economic Development Council. During his career, he has been active in economic, workforce and community development at the local and state level. Rob has developed programs for business attraction, business retention and expansion and international marketing. He has also developed business parks and speculative buildings.

With his leadership the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce developed a business incubator and a center for advanced technical training to meet the needs of area employers. Rob has been recognized by Missouri’s Workforce Investment Board as a “Business Partner of the Year” for his efforts tying workforce and economic development efforts together at the local level and by the Missouri Community College Association for work on the training center.

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SEO Monroe

Search Engine Optimization is our specialty. Every managed SEO plan is custom to fit your needs and get you high rankings on search engines. With a multi-prong SEO strategy, you’ll get quicker rankings and long-lasting traffic.

In our experience over the last decade, we’ve formulated a proven strategy that works. We are leaders in the SEO industry, serving small businesses up to Fortune 500 companies. We’ve taken everything we’ve learned and put it into our Managed SEO product. Our Managed service is the culmination of all our data, expertise, and experience.

With our strategies, you get a fully managed SEO solution that combines: Premium Content, Link Building, and On-Page Services, all with our best-in-the-business staff & support.

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Strategic Location Services

SLS is a unique Veteran owned economic development consulting firm specializing in economic development consulting to defense communities, companies, and organizations.

Defense communities are the cities, counties, and regions that serve as home to our nation’s military/government installations, missions, and industrial partners.  In many cases, traditional economic development methodologies fall short in leveraging the defense sector and military assets.

SLS is a full-service economic development advisory firm supporting private, public, and non-profit economic development organizations around the US.

SLS has served multiple defense communities in designing economic development programs in areas of economic development, strategic planning, community assessments, target market studies and new business development strategies.

SLS uses advanced location analytics, economic incentive negotiations and compliance, and corporate real estate solutions to support clients and their goals.

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