Best Practices

Man Looks to Stars for Perspective and Growth

Being Entrepreneurial about Growing Entrepreneurship

When our first expansion customer called, we knew we had a proven value proposition. We had survived our infancy. So how did we get there?

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ChiBizHub | Support for Chicago Entrepreneurs

Welcome Chicago and the ChiBizHub for Entrepreneurs

Chicago is the latest community to join the SourceLink family and to build a stronger entrepreneurial infrastructure for its entrepreneurs.

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Four Types of Entrepreneurs

Who Are Your Entrepreneurs?

We know that entrepreneurs create all net new jobs—but what’s their impact in your community? Do you know who your entrepreneurs are and how many jobs they create?

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Foundations, Philanthropy + Entrepreneurship: How to Capitalize Entrepreneurial Strategies

What role do foundations play in entrepreneurship—and how do they measure success?

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Finding the Right Fit with Entrepreneurship and Foundation Grants

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Insights: Insider Tips for Building Relationships with Foundations

Read these tips from foundation leaders on how entrepreneurship ecosystem builders can develop relationships with foundations that invest in community economic development.

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Building Entrepreneurship in the Middle

Year in Review: Building Entrepreneurial Communities in the Middle

Entrepreneurs don't just live on the coasts. The opportunity to shape ideas and solve problems lives anywhere and everywhere. Here's how SourceLink affiliates in the Middle—Albuquerque, Des Moines, St. Louis, in southeast Michigan, across the state of Kansas and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico—are building their entrepreneurial infrastructure.

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How to Make Your Entrepreneurship Events More Accessible and Inclusive

As we continue to work toward a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem, we can improve our outreach to people with disabilities.

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How to Find Funding For Your Entrepreneurial Infrastructure

Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Ecosystem + Infrastructure

What is the difference between entrepreneurial infrastructure and entrepreneurial ecosystems? We identify what exactly is infrastructure and an ecosystem and how the two work together to support our country's entrepreneurs.

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Funding Your Ecosystem

How to Find Funding For Your Entrepreneurial Infrastructure

How do you go about asking and finding sources of funding for your community? Entrepreneurial communities have trouble finding capital to build the infrastructure they need to support and grow their entrepreneurs and business owners. Here's how to get it done.

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Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Ecosystem + Infrastructure

Funding Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: 6 Tips on Applying for Grants

Here are six insights on how to win federal grants to fund your economic development projects (or your entrepreneurial ecosystem).

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SourceLink Research Wins Recognition from International Economic Development Council

Measuring Entrepreneurship: SourceLink Research Wins Recognition from International Economic Development Council

We know that entrepreneurs play a crucial role in a community's economic vitality. Now we know quantifiably the impact of startups on a local economy.

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Practical Steps to Grow Your Entrepreneurial Community

Practical Steps to Grow Your Entrepreneurial Community ​

By working together, communities can grow their own entrepreneurial infrastructure with these four steps.

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Libraries as Ecosystem Builders

America’s Public Libraries: Champions of Entrepreneurship

Libraries are the not-so-quiet champions of entrepreneurship, essential entrepreneur ecosystem builders, crucial for every community in their mission to support their entrepreneurs.

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SourceLink: Accelerators, Incubators, and Coworking Spaces

Accelerators, Incubators and Coworking Spaces: How Entrepreneurship Centers Can Build a Community

What's the difference between an accelerator and incubator? We break down the differences in entrepreneurship centers and look at the best practices of how communities are helping entrepreneurs.

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Growing Entrepreneurship on Main Street

Growing Entrepreneurship on Main Street

Entrepreneurship is not a buzzword. It is an economic development strategy. How is your community supporting your local entrepreneurs?

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