Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development

This series explores the essentials of entrepreneurship-led economic development. We examine how communities can nurture entrepreneurship to drive innovation, growth, and job creation. Topics covered include the economic impact of startups, the entrepreneurial mindset, access to capital, supportive policies and programs, and more. With insights from research and real-world examples, the series provides a valuable introduction to fostering a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. Follow along as we delve into the key ingredients for entrepreneurship-led revitalization and competitiveness.

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5 Things Every Economic Developer Can Do to Become an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Convener

by | Feb 8, 2024 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

Entrepreneurial ecosystems don't spring up overnight. They require cultivation by champions who advocate for entrepreneurship, connect key players, develop talent and...

Leveraging Startup Space for Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development Programs

by | Dec 1, 2023 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

The landscape of small business support has evolved significantly, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations like the Michigan Economic Development...

The Art of Starting Up: David Ponraj’s Vision for Easier Entrepreneurship

by | Nov 22, 2023 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development,Our Stories | 0 Comments

The Art of Starting Up: David Ponraj's Vision for Easier Entrepreneurship David Ponraj, founder and CEO of Economic Impact Catalyst shares insights on the difficulties...

Celebrating Community with Small Business Saturday

by | Nov 16, 2023 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

In the whirlwind of holiday shopping that follows Thanksgiving, amidst the chaos of discounts and deals from big-box retailers, there’s a gem of a day that stands out...

A Guide to Leveraging Current Government Funding for Your Entrepreneurship Center

by | Nov 7, 2023 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

Entrepreneurship centers play a vital role in fostering innovation, supporting local economies, and empowering aspiring business owners. While the impact of these...

Cultivating Success: A Guide to Measuring the Health of Entrepreneurship Centers and Ecosystems

by | Sep 14, 2023 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

Entrepreneurship ecosystems are the lifeblood of innovation and economic growth in today’s globalized world. They nurture startups, support small businesses, and...

The Catalyst for Change: The Role of Social Entrepreneurship in Economic Development

by | Aug 28, 2023 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

As our world continues to change and adapt at a rapid pace, economic complexities often intersect with social and environmental challenges, and the traditional methods...

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Building Community Resilience: The Power of Connected Ecosystems in Crisis and Calm

by | Aug 23, 2023 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

In times of crisis, ensuring our communities are well-built and resilient is essential. A resilient community is one that can withstand shocks, adapt to changes, and...

Economic Development and Workforce Development: Nurturing Local Talent for Sustainable Growth

by | Aug 7, 2023 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

As our economic landscape rapidly evolves, the success of any region or community hinges on its ability to develop and maintain a skilled, educated workforce that...

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