SourceLink℠ Affiliate Quarterly Conversation – December 2022

Looking Back SourceLink director, Rob Williams summarized exciting events from 2022 at our final SourceLink Affiliate Quarterly Conversation of the year.  We welcomed Dana Masters, Business Development Communications Specialist at SourceLink! Dana will be working with Dara to develop outreach communications with our affiliates, social media and marketing activities as well as...

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SourceLink℠ Affiliate Quarterly Conversation – October 2022

Change is Beautiful  As SourceLink director, Rob Williams pointed out at our recent Affiliate Quarterly Conversation, along with the change in seasons, this fall brings change to the SourceLink network as well. New employment opportunities brought change to our staff and the people we work with.  We have seen this at...

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SourceLink staff join key national efforts to expand entrepreneurship-led economic development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2022 Contact: Sarah Mote, Marketing Director smote@joinsourcelink.com Kansas City, MO – SourceLink, a program of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center, is proud to announce two of its employees have joined leadership positions with organizations dedicated to economic development and entrepreneurship ecosystem building. Rob Williams and Dara Macan at...

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Four ways to promote inclusive communities where Hispanic and Latino entrepreneurs can thrive

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate Hispanic and Latino entrepreneurs' contributions to communities and local economies across the country. Hispanic and Latino-owned businesses employ millions of people and generate over $700 billion in revenue each year. They create widespread impact on society by providing jobs, serving as mentors,...

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How your community can support microenterprise growth

By definition, microenterprises are businesses that require less than $35,000 in capitalization to start and have fewer than ten employees. Most are focused on the owner’s personal expertise—consulting, design, lawn care—and may not require a physical location. Microenterprises—both online and brick and mortar— represent about 77% of overall businesses in...

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Building Rural Communities Through Entrepreneurship

On Thursday, April 21, SourceLink hosted Building Rural Communities Through Entrepreneurship, a webinar on strategies for growing rural communities through entrepreneurship-led economic development. The session was moderated by SourceLink’s director of strategic partnerships, Dara Macan, and panelists included: Nathan Ohle – President and CEO, International Economic Development Council Nicole LaChapelle...

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Revitalizing Your Resource Partner Network

Spring is a season of growth and new beginnings that often leads to a renewed sense of energy and motivation. If you’re feeling like your entrepreneurial ecosystem engagement has been dormant, you’re not alone. During the pandemic, many ecosystem builders have felt challenged maintaining meaningful engagement with their network. As...

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3 new ways to empower your entrepreneurial community

In 2017, we shared 3 ways to empower your entrepreneurial community. While those tips are still relevant, the pandemic and heightened awareness about the importance of building equitable and inclusive ecosystems has surfaced new challenges. Here are some additional recommendations for empowering your network in 2022. 1. Make your ecosystem inclusive.  Racial...

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Strategies to sustain your entrepreneurial ecosystem

We are experiencing unprecedented opportunities for communities to evaluate how best to respond to short-term needs while building resilient solutions for long-term success. While it might be tempting to jump right in, it’s important to take the time to evaluate successful outcomes and develop a strategy to achieve your goals....

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