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Economic, Workforce,
Community and Business
Development Consulting


O'Brian & Associates exists to offer economic, workforce and community development consulting. 
We also facilitate planning with not-for-profits and businesses to set effective strategies and directions.
We are here to work with you, sharing your passion for your organization, your place and building for a better future.

A Passion for People….and Places.

Every organization is different. It has its own culture, its own vision of success and its own way of getting things done to meet the vision. Organizations are a product of the people who guide them and those that work in them every day.  They are also a product of their place.  Every community is different. Whether communities are thousands of miles apart or just down the road from each other, they have their own history that brought them to today; a today that brings unique challenges and opportunities for the future.

At O’Brian & Associates, we have a passion to help BUILD organizations to be successful, especially those that work hard to meet their communities needs.  ​​
Chambers of Commerce, economic development organizations, social service organizations, foundations and government entities all play major roles in helping the people in their communities prosper and thrive. We help those organizations look at ways to build on current achievements, be more successful going forward and, in turn, help their communities GROW.
We don’t use a cookie-cutter approach to helping organizations and communities focus on improving and growing. While there are best practices for getting broad data and individual opinions leading to a shared organizational vision, at O’Brian & Associates we work to make sure that our clients have a plan that fits what they need. We look at ways to implement those plans and the resources available to effectively do so.  While we may be called on to help one organization, we make sure to look at the broader community and opportunities to promote collaboration and efficiency.
Our passion is  to help you build your organization to the next level.  The services below are a starting point for discussing what your organization needs and  working with you to meet those needs.

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Of course, planning and implementation assume building on what exists today.  But we know that challenges and disruptions occur as well.  We have experience with the unexpected and how your community can be better prepared to deal with disaster. Our principal, Rob O’Brian, began his nearly thirty-four years in Chamber and economic and community development work in a city where several companies had downsized or closed, raising the unemployment to double-digits.  More recently he was one of the community leaders that helped bring Joplin, MO back better than ever after the tornado that was the largest, most costly natural disaster in Missouri history. That experience can help your organization and community plan for disaster or recover from one, whether natural or manmade.   

We are here to work with you, sharing your passion for your organization, your place and the people in that place.  


We tailor our services to your needs.  From a one-day planning facilitation to set goals for the year, to looking at long-term impact with broad community consensus processes, to development of longer-term strategies, to organizational structure and funding, we make sure we understand what you need and work within a set budget to help you reach your goals.  We also do speaking engagements to help organizations give their boards and /or community leaders background to set the stage for action on down the road.  Some of these include basic overviews of trends in chambers, economic development, workforce development and disaster planning. We can overview your community with relevant current data and trends to highlight the need for action going forward.  Note we have a lot of experience but that experience also informs us when we need to recommend true experts in some areas to best meet the needs of your organization and community.  With more than thirty years working in Chambers and economic, workforce and community development and assisting not-for profits, we have great contacts who can help your organization and community as needed.   

Our base services, subject to client input are:


We love questions!  Let us know how we can help you.
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