By Amy Cortese, Locavesting
In nature, pollinators like bees take the pollen from one plant and spread them around to others, creating a fertile ecosystem for other plants and animals. No higher authority cuts the bees a paycheck to pollinate—they do this naturally. So a pollinator enterprise is, in my view, an economic development program that shares and spreads the best of what local businesses offer, creating a fertile entrepreneurial ecosystem. And importantly, like bees, they do this naturally, as a self-finance business, without requiring subsidies from foundations or government agencies.