ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Jim Roberts, founder of the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council, is taking an economic development consulting job with a Texas firm.

Roberts, who recently left the BREC and Advantage West, its parent organization, is joining TIP Strategies as a senior consultant. Roberts said he would move soon to Austin, Texas, where TIP is located.

However, Roberts also plans to continue to operate a consulting firm, RedSpire, which he launched after leaving BREC. Clients include BUILDERadius, LabEscape and ACF Technologies.

Before moving to Asheville to launch the BREC and an angel investor group known as BRAIN (Blue Ridge Angel Investors Network), Roberts ran FirstRound, a venture capital related firm, in Charlotte. BRAIN helped companies raise more than $10 million in less than four years.

‘There is a growing demand for communities to further their local economies by encouraging entrepreneurship for future job creation,” Roberts said. “My experience starting two successful entrepreneur councils and developing productive angel investor networks will allow TIP Strategies to offer a unique solution to concerned communities.”

TIP has a practice devoted to entrepreneurship, design, and implementing of services that encourage entrepreneurship.

“TIP Strategies’ clients are enhancing their traditional economic development programs with initiatives that focus on entrepreneurship and home-grown enterprises. In response to this trend, we have developed a process for communities to enhance their entrepreneurial climate through education, funding, and the promotion of local successes,” said Jeff Erramouspe, who runs the entrepreneurship practice. “Jim brings practical experience in these areas and is an asset to our growing entrepreneurship practice."