The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship's mission is to help community leaders build a prosperous future by supporting and empowering business, social and civic entrepreneurs. With our roots and hearts in rural America, we help communities of all sizes and interests by bringing empowering research together with effective community engagement to advance community-driven strategies for prosperity.

Our Solution Area Teams empower community leaders to find their own answers to the economic development challenges and opportunities they face:

News & Announcements

  • IGNITE! group supports startups

    Here's an example of how good opportunity assessment research and collaboration is helping entrepreneurs in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.

  • Redefining Wealth for the 21st Century

    Deb Markley and partner, Janet Topolsky, Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, write a timely blog in response to what Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, recently offered as an exceptional perspective on how philanthropy and social policy must adapt to face today's inequality challenge.

  • Leaders talk about Hometown Fremont

    Craig Schroeder with the Center delivered assessment highlights of Fremont, particularly those related to youth involvement at the Fremonth Hometown Opportunity Retreat on June 23, 2015.

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