Show host, David Ponraj, recently sat down with a group of esteemed panelists, as part of a virtual webinar series hosted by Startup Space. The panelists include economic development and entrepreneurship support organization leaders in Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts and Michigan; each lending their personal experiences in building inclusive entrepreneurial opportunities within their region. With a focus on minority-owned, women-owned and microbusinesses, in particular, the discussion touches on creative ways to increase capital access for underrepresented business owners, data-driven decision making, inclusion and diversity storytelling, and who should be at the table driving policy. Gain some inspiration from these leaders as they share their unique strategies to support their distinct communities, while they learn and draw inspiration from each other during this deep-dive conversation.

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About Breaking Down Barriers
This podcast explores the opportunity to build wealth in local, regional, and national economies through entrepreneurship-led economic development. Episodes feature changemakers with innovative approaches to empowering people to start businesses that create wealth for their families and improve outcomes for their communities. Conversations highlight work being done in communities across the U.S. to break down barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity in underserved and underrepresented communities. In this series, we share authentic stories about the impact that entrepreneurship-led economic development has on the local economy and connect a global network of passionate economic developers. 

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Breaking Down Barriers is a presentation of Economic Impact Catalyst and is hosted by David Ponraj with production and editing by Jacqui Dietrich and Lauren Bernard with voice talent by Antoine Long. Please rate, review, and subscribe to Breaking Down Barriers, available for free wherever you listen to your podcasts!

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