Best Practices

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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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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Driving Economic Growth through Scale Up Ecosystems

How Is Your Community Scaling Up?

"Without growth, this is no real entrepreneurship," says Dan Isenberg—and that's why you need a plan to both create startups and grow them.

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Maria Meyers of SourceLink's Beyond Collisions

Beyond Collisions: How to Build Your Entrepreneurial Infrastructure

Entrepreneurship is not easy—and building a sustainable infrastructure for entrepreneurs requires deep knowledge, experience, funding and champions. Here's how communities can put entrepreneurship first.

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IASourceLink Celebrates Five Years

How Iowa Built a Statewide Network for Entrepreneurs

IASourceLink connects people to people to help advance and accelerate Iowa entrepreneurship. But it didn't happen overnight. Read how IASourceLink united their entrepreneurial community into a vibrant ecosystem.

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KCSourceLink Celebrates 15 years of Building Entrepreneur Community

How KCSourceLink Became a Go-To Source for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

The story of connecting entrepreneurs to the right resources at the right time at KCSourceLink is 15 years in the making—and they're just getting started.

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Building Inclusive Entrepreneurial Communities

Building Inclusive Entrepreneurial Communities

How do we make sure that all of our business owners and entrepreneurs are included in the entrepreneurial ecosystem? We have a few ideas.

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Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Across America

Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Across America

See how the largest focus group in entrepreneurship-led economic development plans on growing entrepreneurial communities across the nation. Here are the takeaways and insights from the Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit.

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Celebrating Entrepreneurs with National Small Business Week

How to Celebrate Entrepreneurs with National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week is the perfect time to connect with your community's small business owners and startups and shine a light on the resources available to start and grow a business.

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Must Read Blogs on Spurring Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development

Must Read Blogs on Spurring Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development

Here's your quick reads blog list on entrepreneurship-led economic development written by ecosystem builders and economic developers just in time for the Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit. Enjoy!

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The Basics of Building Your Entrepreneurial Infrastructure | SourceLink

The Basics of Building Your Entrepreneurial Infrastructure

Communities don't need giant universities, incubators and venture capital to have a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem. But they do need these ecosystem building basics.

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