SourceLink Affiliate Quarterly Conversation – March 17, 2022

All things SourceLink was the theme of our March 17 SourceLink Affiliate Quarterly Conversation. We announced new projects including: ChiBizHub website redesign, Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA) – Evergreen BizLink, Ecosystem Building Leadership Project, SBA Community Navigators Pilot Project and welcomed new clients and affiliates: Monroe County – Launch 734,...

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Reflecting on 2021 and reimagining 2022

Our final SourceLink Affiliate Quarterly Conversation of the year was packed with great information and fun. First, we congratulated affiliates selected to participate in the SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program including National Urban League, Nicolet Area Technical College, New Bedford Economic Council, Rochester Economic Development Corporation and Forward Cities.  Then...

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Measuring Data and Creating Impactful Economic Reports

Data captured from the small businesses supported by SourceLink® affiliate organizations provides valuable information for our network to report to their community stakeholders. At our recent SourceLink Quarterly Conversation on September 23, three affiliates shared their best practices in collecting and reporting impactful insights. Tracking and supporting job creation Cameron Cushman and...

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8 Proven Ways to Get the Word Out About Your SourceLink Network

Affiliates agree that getting the word out about their SourceLink networks to entrepreneurs and business owners is one of their highest priorities. To support our affiliates, we’ve recently held three virtual discussions on marketing in March, May and July. The basics In May, Abby Smith and Jessica Toms from CruxKC, SourceLink’s marketing partner,...

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How to engage resource partners: continuing the conversation

During our March Quarterly Conversation, affiliates discussed the challenges moving from individual entrepreneur support organizations to a collaborative, community-based model. The affiliates that joined the conversation in March wanted to learn more about engaging with the resource partners in their network, so SourceLink® set aside time in April to continue...

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Goals in Action: A Look Inside March’s Quarterly Conversation

After such a challenging year, we asked our affiliates at our December Quarterly Conversation to identify and prioritize what they’d like to accomplish in 2021. We then discussed their plans for achieving their goals at our March Quarterly Conversation. Identifying gaps, objectives and resources SourceLink® emailed each affiliate a “Make a Plan:...

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New Beginnings: A Look Inside December’s Quarterly Conversation

Each quarter, we are proud to bring together our affiliates for conversations around industry trends or challenges; we share best practices and insights gained from the previous quarter and celebrate in each other's successes. Our affiliates gathered virtually in December for our last Quarterly Conversation of the year, and to...

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How Using Creative Outreach Tools and Methods are Fueling Entrepreneurial Recovery in Chicago

‘Meet Them Where They Are’ ChiBizHub is fueling entrepreneurial recovery in Chicago using creative outreach tools and methods. In Chicago, the business community has been contending with the health and economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Kendra Thomas and Jazmin Garcia are both business resource managers at ChiBizHub, a SourceLink community of entrepreneurial...

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