Best Practices

Economic Gardening... What is it?

Summary: Next week economic and small business development practitioners from across the country will gather in Kansas City, Mo for the 11th Annual National Economic Gardening Conference. Economic Gardening has become quite a buzz phrase in recent years and the concept is not always fully understood.

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AKSourceLink blog: Home-based Business

Summary: Many businesses can be run from home. The IRS and SBA are a couple resource partners who have great information on running a home-based business.

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SourceLinkDallas: Entrepreneurship and Early-Stage Pathways

Summary: Overview for entrepreneurs and start-ups on how to utilize incubators and accelerators as a pathway to grow your business.

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State of Ingenuity SourceLink: "Spy on Your Competition…Legally"

In order to understand how your product or service stands out—or will stand out—from the competition, it is critical to fully understand the competition.

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MOSourceLink: Studying the Tech Scene in Seattle

USSourceLink's own Jeremy Hegle went on a trip to Seattle where he got a glimpse at coming Microsoft products as well as Seattle's always growing tech scene.

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ARKSourceLink: Getting the Word Out About Your Small Business

Get the word out about your small business by using impactful connections and community engagement. Examples are provided by Arkansas’s Battle of the Brands winner Cyndi Minister, owner of The Twisted Purl.

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SoMNSourceLink: Building a Pitch for Your Idea

How does the entrepreneur learn the essentials for composing and delivering their story? Uncover more here!

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NetWork Kansas: Supporting Entrepreneurs in Your Backyard

Does economic gardening have the potential to grow a bumper crop of entrepreneurs? One state's experiment in economic development.

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State of Ingenuity SourceLink: How Might the MarketplaceFairness Act of 2013 Impact Your Business?

As the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 moves through the legislature, it is important for business owners conducting online sales to closely monitor—and prepare for—the potential implications on their businesses.

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Battle of the Brands Throws Down in Dallas, Kansas City and Arkansas

Three affiliates—Arkansas SourceLink, KCSourceLink and SourceLink Dallas—joined together this March and April to wage the Battle of the Brands, a friendly bracket-style competition between their region’s iconic brands, beloved small businesses and feisty upstarts.

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