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Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University;
M.Agr. Agricultural Economics, Penn State University;
B.S. Business Administration, Drexel University
Regional and Community Economic Development; Small Business Management; Entrepreneurship
Jim McConnon is an Extension Business and Economics Specialist and Professor of Economics at the University of Maine. Dr. McConnon’s extension program is primarily in the areas of small business management, entrepreneurship and retail trade. Dr. McConnon has conducted hundreds of educational workshops, seminars and short courses on topics related to business development such as marketing, pricing, business planning, customer service, and financial management. More than 12,000 people have participated in his educational programs. Dr. McConnon also conducts the Trade Area Analysis Extension program, which he co-developed while at Iowa State University.
Dr. McConnon’s current research interests include microenterprise growth and development, big-box store impacts, recessionary impacts on consumer spending, and economic impact analysis. He has been a principal or co-principal investigator on many funded research projects. He was a co-investigator on a funded project to enhance the business support infrastructure for micro-entrepreneurs in Eastern Maine. Dr. McConnon has made presentations at many regional and national conferences and has published his work in a variety of outlets including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of the Community Development Society, The Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, the Journal of Travel Research, the Journal of Extension, the Journal of Applied Economic Letters, and the Maine Policy Review.
Dr. McConnon was selected as the 2001 Home-Based Business Advocate of the Year for Maine and the New England Region by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2007, he received the Outstanding Public Service Award from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture at the University of Maine. In 2008, he received the Excellence in Community Development Programming–Team Award from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. In 2014, he and another University of Maine colleague received Eastern Maine Development Corporation’s Champion Award for their collaborative work in support of entrepreneurship and economic development in Eastern Maine.
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