Spring Cleaning for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Developers

Spring cleaning isn't just for closets and cobwebs. Entrepreneurial ecosystems are dynamic, and as they evolve, regular reevaluation—or "spring cleaning"—becomes essential to foster innovation, optimize resources, enhance competitiveness, and ensure sustained growth.   Regular reevaluation is not merely about decluttering; it allows ecosystems to stay in sync with the changing business landscape...

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Understanding Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Measurement Part 4: Strategic Reporting

This four-part series addresses why tracking and measuring the activity of your entrepreneurial ecosystem is crucial to its long-term sustainability and the economic success of your community. Part 1 of this series covers why measurement is important, Part 2 discusses what to measure, Part 3 provided insights into how to...

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Understanding Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Measurement Part 3: How to Measure

This four-part series addresses why tracking and measuring the activity of your entrepreneurial ecosystem is crucial to its long-term sustainability and the economic success of your community. Part 1 of this series covers why measurement is important, Part 2 discusses what to measure, Part 3 provides insights into how to...

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Impact Storytelling for Effective Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development

A lot is changing in the world of entrepreneurship-led economic development; from utilizing AI to increase capacity to a multitude of professional development opportunities. However, one topic kept resurfacing as we connected with affiliates and partners over the year: what’s the best way to measure the impact of our work?...

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Understanding Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Measurement Part 2: What to Measure

This four-part series addresses why tracking and measuring the activity of your entrepreneurial ecosystem is crucial to its long-term sustainability and the economic success of your community. Part 1 of this series covers why measurement is important, Part 2 discusses what to measure, Part 3 provides insights into how to...

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Hands, Head, and Heart: Professional Development Opportunities for those in Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development and Ecosystem Building

When I started this work almost 20 years ago, very few entrepreneurship-led economic development, much less ecosystem building, resources or institutions existed for early practitioners to be able to tap into. Today, the environment is so much more robust, and frankly, exciting! From international associations picking up the mantle of...

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Understanding Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Measurement Part 1: Why Measurement is Important

This four-part series addresses why tracking and measuring the activity of your entrepreneurial ecosystem is crucial to its long-term sustainability and the economic success of your community.   Part 1: Why Measurement Is Important   In today’s fast-paced and dynamic business landscape, entrepreneurship is center stage. Entrepreneurial communities continue to grow all across the...

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Unveiling the Mysteries of AI: Part 1 – Transforming Entrepreneurs

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing entrepreneurship and economic development. We're going to show how AI-powered tools are empowering go-getters and community-builders to create thriving networks and drive economic impact like never before in this two-part blog series.  No one can ignore the game-changing power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), especially in the business...

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Celebrating Economic Development Week 2023

Throughout the course of American history, the meaning and purpose of the phrase ‘economic development’ has changed and evolved. The California Association for Local Economic Development describes our current use of economic development clearly and succinctly: “Economic Development is the creation of wealth from which community benefits are realized. […]...

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Let’s Talk: Why Broadband is Critical Infrastructure for Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development

Access to affordable high-speed broadband is increasingly a top priority for economic and community development leaders. According to national research from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Technology Engagement Center, a whopping 93% of today’s small business owners use at least one type of technology platform to help them with their...

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