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Entrepreneurship Leaders Convene at Annual U.S.SourceLink Conference in Kansas City

Published Apr 25, 2012

Bob Buchanan, Midwest Center for Nonprofit LeadershipPowerUp was the theme of the 4th Annual U.S.SourceLink Conference, held April 23-24, 2012 in Kansas City.

Representatives of the 34 U.S.SourceLink affiliates from across the country learned how to strengthen the entrepreneurial support ecosystems they lead in their community. The conference was held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. U.S.SourceLink is America’s largest resource network for entrepreneurs.

The power-packed agenda focused on bringing national entrepreneurship resources to local communities and innovative practices and tools for promoting entrepreneurial success. Tammy Edwards, assistant vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank, provided the conference opening. Presenters included national experts, area practitioners and local entrepreneurs.

  • Dell Gines, community development advisor of the Federal Reserve Bank, Dell Gines, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas Cityprovided data and trends to emphasize the importance of entrepreneurs to a community and local economy.
  • Thom Ruhe, director of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, showed how to bring the heavyweight classes and resources of the Kauffman Foundation to entrepreneurs and the small business community.
  • Accomplished entrepreneur Toby Rush gave the inside scoop on what entrepreneurs really need to make an impact, power success and create jobs.
  • Bob Buchanan and Cynthia Laufer of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership helped participants craft a Community Benefit statement to drive fundraising. 
  • Dr. Michelle Robin, chief wellness officer at Your Wellness Connection, shared tips on stress-free working.
  • A panel of affiliates offered tried and tested social media tips to engage clients and ignite fans; some affiliates increased website traffic by 100% or more.
  • Success stories, best practices, fresh U.S.SourceLink tools, networking and more.

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