Best Practices

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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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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