Microenterprises – Supporting the Types of Businesses in Your Ecosystem

This multi-part series offers ecosystem builders and economic developers insights into the characteristics of each business type and targeted strategies that help those businesses thrive.   Small businesses form the crux of the American economy. Recent data from the U.S. Small Business Administration shows the U.S. is home to 33.3 million companies...

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Reflections on Last Year’s Gathering

As we plan our next in-person gathering at the e.Builders Forum, we wanted to reflect on the shared experiences and knowledge gathered from 2023.  Lessons from Last Year  In April 2023, SourceLink held our much-anticipated SourceLink Summit in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We left the summit feeling excited, invigorated,...

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An Eclipse-Inspired Approach to Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development

Earlier this week I was fortunate to have the incredible experience of watching the solar eclipse with my family and close friends. This cosmic performance, where the moon momentarily obscures the sun, offers more than just a visual marvel. It made me think about our work creating entrepreneurial ecosystems and...

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Spring Cleaning for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Developers

Spring cleaning isn't just for closets and cobwebs. Entrepreneurial ecosystems are dynamic, and as they evolve, regular reevaluation—or "spring cleaning"—becomes essential to foster innovation, optimize resources, enhance competitiveness, and ensure sustained growth.   Regular reevaluation is not merely about decluttering; it allows ecosystems to stay in sync with the changing business landscape...

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SourceLink Affiliate Quarterly Conversation – March 2024

SourceLink Affiliate Quarterly Conversation Recap 

General Announcements 

Rob Williams, SourceLink Director, started our March 7 SourceLink Affiliate Quarterly Conversation with several announcements.   The National Urban League 2024 State of Black America report is out and has a clear call which resonates: “Defend Democracy, Demand Diversity and Defeat Poverty.”   ...

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Understanding Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Measurement Part 4: Strategic Reporting

This four-part series addresses why tracking and measuring the activity of your entrepreneurial ecosystem is crucial to its long-term sustainability and the economic success of your community. Part 1 of this series covers why measurement is important, Part 2 discusses what to measure, Part...

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Understanding Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Measurement Part 3: How to Measure

This four-part series addresses why tracking and measuring the activity of your entrepreneurial ecosystem is crucial to its long-term sustainability and the economic success of your community. Part 1 of this series covers why measurement is important, Part 2 discusses what to measure, Part...

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Impact Storytelling for Effective Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development

A lot is changing in the world of entrepreneurship-led economic development; from utilizing AI to increase capacity to a multitude of professional development opportunities. However, one topic kept resurfacing as we connected with affiliates and partners over the year: what’s the best way to measure the impact of our work?...

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SourceLink Affiliate Quarterly Conversation – December 2023

It’s a wrap, 2023!  2023 proved to be a productive year with an impressive list of accomplishments. SourceLink affiliated websites reached a major milestone with over 1 million pageviews across all business support platforms! Everyone contributed to this significant accomplishment and it is an incredible testament to everyone’s hard work!   Congratulations to...

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Hands, Head, and Heart: Professional Development Opportunities for those in Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development and Ecosystem Building

When I started this work almost 20 years ago, very few entrepreneurship-led economic development, much less ecosystem building, resources or institutions existed for early practitioners to be able to tap into. Today, the environment is so much more robust, and frankly, exciting! From international associations picking up the mantle of...

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