As I write this Thursday afternoon, I’m about to take off from my office in my home town of Eugene, Oregon to Myrtle Creek, a small town about 90 minutes south of here, where I’m going to be conducting a workshop on business planning.

I think this is a very interesting example of what local governments can do these days to actually help local businesses. The city government of Myrtle Creek has purchased 50 copies of Business Plan Pro for local businesses, and invited me to go down the interstate a bit and help people get going with their planning.

As I leave–which is when I’m posting, although I’m scheduling it to appear Friday morning–I think it’s a great idea, and I’m happy to be participating.

Tim BerryTim Berry

Tim Berry is the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software and Follow him on Twitter @Timberry.