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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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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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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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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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These blogs deserve an encore

In our commitment to entrepreneurship-led economic development, we’ve made it our practice to regularly share insights and lessons learned while celebrating success stories along the way. It is our hope that by delivering this content, we will start conversations, spark collaboration and ultimately make a positive impact in advancing equitable...

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How collective data and storytelling can lead to lasting impact for underserved entrepreneurs

For the better part of the last decade, our field has greatly evolved. The concept of building networks of support, or what has sometimes been referred to as, forging “entrepreneurial ecosystems”, has been a key focus for many advancing the idea that innovation and entrepreneurship will be the future of...

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