Raising Awareness about Entrepreneurship as an Economic Development Strategy

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“Communities seeking to grow their economy need to understand the impact entrepreneurship and small business play in economic growth.” — Grow Your Own: Entrepreneurship-based Economic Development for Local Communities, Dell Gines, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

New Year, New Entrepreneurs: Five tips for supporting early-stage entrepreneurs ?

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To effectively support any entrepreneur, you must develop an infrastructure of resources in your community. Incubators and coworking spaces offer programing services and are an affordable and efficient alternative to full-scale offices.


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New EntreWorks Insights Now Available

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This issue examines the power of place in economic development, and discusses how we can use work spaces,such as our offices, business incubators, and coworking spaces, to help build social capital, build community, and advance the cause of economic development. The latest issue of our e-newsletter, EntreWorks Insight s, is now available.

Through Mentoring, Angel Investors Offer More Than Just Money


The Angel Capital Association (ACA) is the world’s largest angel professional development organization, with more than 13,000 investors in 260 angel groups and accredited platforms. These firms frequently provide mentorship programs that are appropriate to your company’s development stage.

Maine’s Coworking Development Fund

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Our latest edition of EntreWorks Insights examined the power of place, i.e., how community gathering places can help build social capital and promote economic development. These powerful places can take many forms, including business offices, libraries and coworking spaces, among others. The latest example comes from Maine where the Maine Coworking Development Fund has just kicked off. Maine’s Coworking Development Fund.

The Value of Home-Based Businesses to Economic Recovery


The challenge of America’s economic recovery, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, is to spread it to every community – and especially those that have been historically excluded. They each add to our communities and are essential to a more equitable economic recovery in every town and city.

The Glue that Makes a Community Stick

This is going to be BIG.

Unfortunately, there''s no hotel, conference, or venue space to allow a South by Coney Island. What was harder to figure out how to do--and something no one ever really thinks about on the economic development side, is community. Anyone can build a coworking space, but it''s a lot harder to attract and curate a set of folks that makes me want to move into that space. The other day, I was out at MCU Park in Coney Island, where the Brooklyn Cyclones play.

Sustainable Work: ESHIP Goal 7

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Goal 7 Sustainable Work: Develop professional recognition and resources for ecosystem builders. We asked ecosystem builders why developing professional recognition and resources for ecosystem builders is important to them.

Frustrations and Challenges of Ecosystem Builders

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As an emerging field that is challenging the status quo of entrepreneurship in economic development, ecosystem builders are bound to run into obstacles along the way which – if repeated and consistent – make us want to pull our hair out.

Expanding Our Entrepreneurial Imagination in Indianapolis

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Maybe you envision your local coffee shop owner who wants to create space for community members to connect over a good cup of joe. As Forward Cities journeys with communities to develop equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems, one thing we are learning is that our collective imagination around entrepreneurship will have to expand. To them, those enterprises seemed less like examples of entrepreneurship and more like examples of community development.