Ellen Harpel, Ph.D., is the founder and president of Business Development Advisors LLC (BDA), an economic development and market intelligence consulting firm in the U.S.  Established in 1999, BDA works with economic development leaders at the local, regional and national levels to increase business investment and job growth in their communities.


·      Services and regional economic growth

·      Professional and business services

·      Competitive intelligence and business outreach methodologies


“Services in the Detroit regional economy: Implications for a city in transition.”  The Service Industries Journal.  31:3-4(597-612).  2011.

“Recession and Professional and Business Services Employment in the US: No Safe Haven.”  Povos e Culturas. No. 14.  CEPCEP, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.  March 2011.

“Putting human capital policies into practice–thinking beyond the young, the restless, and the creative.”  Applied Research in Economic Development. 6:1(50-62).  2009.

"Human Capital and Women Business Ownership."  Darrene Hackler, Ellen Harpel, and Heike Mayer (Business Development Advisors).  U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy.  2008.

“Professional and Business Services in Regional Economies.”  IEDC Economic Development Journal.  5:4(50-57).  2006.

“Greater Washington: International Commerce and Culture.”Greater Washington Initiative, 2006 (contributor).

“A Governor’s Guide to Strengthening State Entrepreneurship Policy.” National Governors Association, 2004  (contributor)


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