About Us

Formed in 1983, Blane, Canada Ltd. is an economic development management-advisory firm that exists to assist our clients in realizing their community potential. We equip leaders with tools to understand their current business environment and provide a framework for action.

Our delivery model is one focused on exceptional customer service across four distinct, yet connected, areas:

 

1. Proprietary, industry-leading software system, known as Synchronist Suite, with its five distinct modules created to address the central challenges of business development professionals:

  • Client Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Existing Industry Programming (Prime BR|E)
  • Project Management (Opportunity Manager)
  • Demand-Driven Workforce (Talent)
  • Serving Local Business (Main Street BR|E)

2. Advisory services strategically focused in five areas:

  • Business retention & expansion
  • Business attraction marketing
  • Talent and workforce development strategy
  • Economic development strategy
  • Team collaboration on marketing and retention

3. Economic development education and training

  • Webinar and On-Site Software System Training
  • Industry Leading Publications in Marketing, BR|E and overall Economic Development

4. Thought leadership to improve our industry and clients’ capabilities to realize their community’s potential

  • Keynote addresses on the latest trends and impacts affecting economic development
  • Published research on proprietary industry data, as well as partnering with other economic development leaders
By narrowing our focus, engaging in direct client consulting, working with hundreds of active Synchronist clients, and conducting on-going R&D, we create an environment with more opportunities to innovate. We also have a rich history of published articles sharing what is learned with the profession. As a result, Blane, Canada Ltd. has consistently expanded the discussion and provided unmatched leadership.

25 Years of Innovation

  • Launched American Economic Development Council’s Marketing for Results! course

  • Economic Development: Marketing for Results! popularizes B2B marketing

  • Created Synchronist Business Information System® software to manage executive interview data.

  • Created Synchronist Business Information System® software to manage executive interview data.

    First application of competitive intelligence in a BR|E executive interview

  • “Lost in the Twilight Zone: BR|E Fails the Strategic Value Test” published in AEDC’s Journal of Economic Development

    Still one of the most downloaded and shared articles on business retention interview design.

  • “Rocketing Out of the Twilight Zone: Gaining Strategic Vision from BR|E” introduced advanced analytical techniques to improve results from BR|E.

  • “The Missing Link: A Vision for BR|E”

    A North American field study of results and outcomes in BR|E programs.

  • Synchronist 4.0 launched online browser based access.

    Synchronist Matrix Analysis, U.S. Patent No. 6,757,660,B2

  • Delivered 1st and still only predictive analytical tools for BR|E

    Delivered 1st and still only national, regional, and local benchmarks for BR|E analysis.

  • Formed the largest independent business retention incubator to conduct BR|E research and share best practices

  • Local R&D began on Synchronist Talent Module

  • Launched successful Proof of Concept for an economic development based manufacturing sales network for the “forgotten” entrepreneurs

  • Launched Synchronist Talent Module

  • Associates Guide to Economic Development book recognizes the importance of the associates who have critical roles in economic development and lack training resources

Our Values

Values We Practice

Integrity – honesty and high moral character in all relationships

Excellence – viewed as exemplary in our products and services

Innovation – creating something new and of value to our clients

Positivity – to see the brighter side of situations

Commitment – to do what we say we are going to do

Our Promise

Ease of use of our products and services

Relevancy of our work to client needs

Flexible to client needs, yet standardized processes/products based on years of practical experience

Connection and confidentiality in our products and service offerings

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