SourceLink helped the state of Alaska map resources across an area 2.5 times the size of Texas. The network was recognized by the University Economic Development Association with their Award of Excellence in the Partnership Development category.
Michigan was looking for a backend system to support their Michigan Business One Stop hotline. The solutions: Resource Navigator, which helped their hotline operators find the right resource matches for their callers.
After completing a gap analysis of their entrepreneurial ecosystem through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), New Orleans started shopping for a solution that would bridge their services and link their technical assistance providers. New Orleans used SourceLink tools and technology to link resources serving the Southshore and Northshore areas of the city.
Connect Arkansas developed ARKSourceLink as part of a three-year broadband initiative to encourage more internet usage and connectivity throughout the state. The project was funded through the National Telecommunications Administration’s broadband stimulus funding grant.
The Greater Des Moines Partnership led a collaborative effort that brought SourceLink to Central Iowa in the summer of 2012. That pilot program was expanded statewide and now operates as part of IASourceLink.
State of Ingenuity SourceLink resulted from a unique collaboration of organizations from southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, focused on developing entrepreneurship across state boundaries. The six-county area was especially hard hit during the recession, the problems in the auto industry as well as flooding and snows. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater led the effort with three-year funding from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. During one year, State of Ingenuity clients obtained more than $2.5 million in loans and more than $6 million in equity investments.
Twenty counties in south central and south eastern Minnesota realized they would be stronger together in their efforts to support entrepreneurship and small businesses. The Blandin Foundation, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, AgStar Financial Services, ACA and the University of Minnesota Rochester came together to lead SoMNSourceLink, which focused on collaborations among the dozens of service providers in the region.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber staff a small business resource center, and realized that their staff of two could not meet the needs of the region’s some 30,000 small businesses. SourceLink Tulsa allowed them to bring together some 70 other resources to serve those needs.
SourceLink helped the Center for Executive Education, Development and Excellence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia identify and map its entrepreneurial resource assets. SourceLink developed a library of content including on-the-ground resources, how-to guides, articles and videos.
Loudoun County, VA is located just an hour outside of Washington, D.C. Home to more than 12,000 businesses, 86 percent of which have fewer than 20 employees. Each year, Loudoun County Economic Development collaborates with 100+ Resource Partners for Small Business Week and sets an example of successful entrepreneurial ecosystem building.
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