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 leads the charge in entrepreneurship-led economic development in post-pandemic economy 

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Deploy Date: September 7, 2022 Contact: Johanna Cook (816) 235-6482 | jcook@joinsourcelink.com   SourceLink leads the charge in entrepreneurship-led economic development in post-pandemic economy   Kansas City, Mo. — Entrepreneurship has always been a vital contributor to the U.S. economy. Research from the Kauffman Foundation and others shows that startups have accounted for...

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Fall conferences to boost your entrepreneurship knowledge

Relationship building is fundamental to SourceLink’s ecosystem building methodology, and we make it a priority not only in our work with affiliates, but also with our own industry peers. Attending conferences and events allows us to spark new connections, learn from those who are doing similar excellent work, and gives...

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Engaging in local community innovation: SourceLink continues partnership with the National League of Cities to build thriving entrepreneurship ecosystems

Communities across the country are working together to build thriving cities in the global, innovation-driven economy as part of the City Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE) program from the National League of Cities (NLC). Today, we're excited to celebrate the third cohort of communities committed to advancing their communities through entrepreneurship. SourceLinkSM proudly...

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Top 5 Questions from Communities Considering Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building

As an entrepreneurship ecosystem builder and national network connector, I have the opportunity to speak to a variety of people and organizations–such as economic developers, ecosystem builders, government leaders and entrepreneurs–interested in improving the economic success of their communities by supporting entrepreneurs. While these communities vary in location, size and...

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SourceLink Affiliate Quarterly Conversation – June 16, 2022

Welcome New Affiliates! SourceLink director, Rob Williams, kicked off our June Affiliate Quarterly Conversation sharing exciting news from around our network. Congratulations to new affiliates, Business Forward Oakland County, MI and Evergreen BizLink (Washington state) on their recent launches. Also, congratulations to the ChiBizHub team on the innovative rebranding of their...

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The future of entrepreneurship in economic development: An update on the EDP certification

Last year, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) supported the development of a new professional certification for the field in partnership with SourceLink and the International Economic Development Council. The Entrepreneurship Development Professional (EDP) certification course is a first-of-its-kind accreditation that offers knowledge and...

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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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Rallying for rural entrepreneurship: addressing the challenges that face rural small businesses

I grew up in a small town in north Iowa—Cedar Falls, to be exact. During my tenure with the local University I worked with economic developers all across Iowa, from Sioux City to Davenport and a great many small but mighty communities in-between: Grinnell, Parkersburg, Webster City and Lamoni to...

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