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Dara Macan

Jan 6, 2017, 14:00 PM
Director of global business development for SourceLink. Dara connects entrepreneurial communities with solutions to “grow their own” and drive economic impact.
Title:
Director of Global Business Development
Email:
dmacan@joinsourcelink.com
Phone:
Website:
Twitter URL:
https://twitter.com/dmacan
LinkedIn URL:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/daramacan
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Dara Macan is director of global business development for SourceLink. Dara is responsible for identifying market opportunities and building relationships with academic, business, government and nonprofit leaders to increase the SourceLink landscape. 

Before joining SourceLink, Dara was involved in leading a multi-state publishing company where she consulted with community and business leaders, economic development organizations, and others, helping them to identify and tap into new markets for their offerings. As a result, Dara’s sales team of experts was able to grow revenue over $4.5 million.

Dara also has firsthand experience starting, and selling, her family-owned commercial cleaning business. In addition to cleaning offices at night, she and her co-owner brother learned how to handle sales to secure new customers, manage accounting and run point on purchasing for equipment and supplies. Whether it is out of financial necessity, the desire to build something successful, or simply to make a difference, she appreciates entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart and has a keen understanding of the risks associated with making the entrepreneurial jump. She leverages this understanding every day in her outreach with economic developers and leaders in how to support their entrepreneurial communities.

Dara Macan

Thought Leadership

Put our expertise to work


For your next conference, strategic planning session or workshop, take advantage of our experience and expertise in building entrepreneurial ecosystems.

As network builder for both SourceLink and KCSourceLink, Maria Meyers established a resource network that connects entrepreneurs with more than 200 business-building organizations throughout the bistate, 18-county Kansas City region. The model is now being used in regions and states nationwide as part of the larger SourceLink network.

Meyers, like the network she leads, is entrepreneurial about being entrepreneurial. She has more than 20 years of experience in creating successful companies in the high technology, biotechnology, manufacturing and museum industries.

How Maria can help

  • Guest contributor to traditional media – quotes, columns, on-air appearances
  • Social media contributor – blogging and tweeting
  • Moderator
  • Event speaker & panelist
  • Lecturer
  • Educational workshops, seminars and webinars

What she knows

  • Building Successful Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, One Collaboration at a Time
  • Not all Entrepreneurs are Alike: The 4 Quadrants of Entrepreneurship
  • Best Practices in Spurring Entrepreneurial Growth: What’s Hot Across America
  • How to Assess the Gaps in Your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
  • The Entrepreneurial Dashboard: Is Your Community Hitting on All Cylinders?

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions


SourceLink started as KCSourceLink in Kansas City with initial funding from the Kauffman Foundation.  Today the KCSourceLink affiliate is partially funded by 12 of Kansas City's largest corporations (AMC, Hallmark, Sprint, etc) who have each committed $12,500 for five years. This funding was used as match to access a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Our affiliates are frequently financially supported by city, state, or county agencies.  Examples include: City of Baltimore, Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Loudoun County Economic Development, Iowa Economic Development Authority, and Mississippi Development Authority.  Currently, we do not have any affiliates receiving direct financial support from SBA.  This said, foundations like JPMorgan Chase provide support in select metros where they have strong presence.

We would recommend you explore local corporations, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, bank community reinvestment act funding (keep in mind this will likely only come in $5-10k at a time), local foundations interested in entrepreneurship and individuals.  You might also ask serial entrepreneurs looking for opportunities to give back.

For more ideas, here is a powerpoint from one of our last conferences that covers resources which we typically advise groups explore for funding ideas.

A number of our cities have just started with the Resource Navigator; these include:

Albuquerque is the next up with Resource Navigator, calendar and Biz-Trakker.

Those that have launched and are implementing the “full” system are listed below. States with smaller populations are opting to do the full state after starting in one city.  Des Moines, IA, for example, population around  750,000, eventually morphed into IASourceLink, expanding easily across the state.  The Greater Des Moines Partnership, which is an affiliation of a number of chambers, led the original effort.

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