Good News from Small Business in the Time of COVID-19


In Lynchburg, community makerspace Vector Space has been providing 3D printed face shields for medical workers in their community, and also designed a folding intubation box they have produced locally and shared the plans for on GitHub. Nevertheless, We Rise.

The Post-Pandemic Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO): Creating a Model for the Economic Recovery

Carol Lauffer

accelerator, incubator, coworking space, hub or other type of entrepreneurial support program) must start to plot the path forward. Beyond the services themselves, your service offering may require the addition of a different ESO model—accelerator, incubator, coworking, makerspace, hub, or other—to best serve the new market segments. The pandemic and its economic impact will require that your Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO) recalibrate.

Improving cluster performance through entrepreneurial support programs

Carol Lauffer

Cluster-focused ESPs often take the form of accelerators or incubators. A life science-focused incubator would be housed in a facility that included wet and dry lab space in smaller spaces for early stage life science companies, as well as access to expertise on the regulatory process required for getting a product to market and other areas that are specific to companies in a life science cluster.