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The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship can help! Check out the presentations listed below to see where we've been and what we've been talking about over the past years. We've broken the topics down into three areas:  Entrepreneurial Communities, Community Development Philanthropy and New Generation Partnerships (youth). Scroll to find the subject matter that interests you most. And please let us know how we can bring our experience to help you design and deliver a dynamic and inspiring learning experience, in any venue!

Entrepreneurial Communities

2016 Rural Policy Forum (Arizona)

Keynote Energizing Entrepreneurs as Pathways to Community Prosperity, August 11, 2016, Pine Top, AZ by Don Macke

Workshop Developing Rural Entrepreneurship, August 11, 2016, Pine Top, AZ by Don Macke

Energizing Entrepreneurs - Don Macke

Workshop August, 9, 2016 at the Freeport-McMoRan Graham County Community Partnership Panel's meeting in Safford, AZ

The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship: Creating a Supportive Environment - Deborah Markley

Keynote presentation April 25, 2016 at the 14th Annual North Country Symposium in Canton, NY

Choices About Our Future - Don Macke

Keynote presentation March 21, 2016 at Shaping Our Own Destiny, The Future of Agriculture in Pickaway County, Ohio.

Nurturing and Growing Entrepreneurial Talent - It Takes a Community Ecosystem - Deborah Markley

Keynote presentation March 17, 2016 at the Appalachian Conference on Social Enterprise.

Developing an Entrepreneurial Community - Don Macke

Workshop conducted in Bairnsdale, Australia on Apr. 29, 2015 and again in Shepparton, Australia on Apr. 22, 2015, sponsored by Marcus Oldham College, Victoria, Australia.

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities and Regional Economies - Don Macke

Panel discussion Apr. 21, 2015 for The Centre for the Study of Rural Australia, Marcus Oldham College in Geelong, Australia. Macke was one of five panelists in this Q & A session facilitated by Peter Kenyon, Bank of I.D.E.A.S.

Entrepreneurship for a More Resilient Economy - Don Macke

Workshop conducted in Geelong, Australia on Aprl. 21, 2015. Sponsored by Marcus Oldham College, Victoria, Australia.

Delivering Gigabit Service to Your Community - Don Macke

Panel discussion Mar. 10, 2015 at the NTCA Rural Telecom Industry Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. In this video, Macke talks about how high speed connectivity fosters innovation and economic vitality

Community-Based and Entrepreneur-Focused Development: Why Virginia Needs A Ground Game – Don Macke and Deborah Markley

Keynote presentation to the Virginia Community Economic Network inaugural conference featuring discussion of what it takes to create stronger entrepreneurial communities and the lessons learned from Kansas.

Growing Entrepreneurial Communities: Exploring Entrepreneurship (2014) – Don Macke

Five-part professional development webinar series for community leaders interested in exploring entrepreneur-focused economic development.

Growing Entrepreneurial Communities: Working with Entrepreneurs (2014) – Don Macke

Five-part professional development webinar series for community leaders who are actively working with entrepreneurs and want to enhance their abilities and impact.

The 10 Steps to Building a Culture of Innovation (2014) – Don Macke

Pre-conference training session, sponsored by the Sierra Business Council, focused on sharing field-tested insights into building an entrepreneurial culture.

Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities: A Pathway to Prosperity Webinar (2014) – Don Macke and Deborah Markley

Pro Learning Laboratory sponsored webinar to introduce the Center’s new book, Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities: A Pathway to Prosperity, and provide a roadmap for communities interested in starting or moving an entrepreneur-focused development effort forward.

Risks to the Rural Landscape – Don Macke

Presentation to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Structural Transitions in Global Agriculture conference, focused on tying trends in the agricultural sector to a broader understanding of what it takes to build a strong rural economy.

Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities: A Pathway to Prosperity (2014) – Don Macke

Presentation to the International Community Development Society Conference to share the rationale for creating entrepreneurial communities, lessons learned from Kansas and the building blocks for success.

Good Entrepreneurs Good Jobs Strategy (2014) – Don Macke

Presentation to a Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City conference sharing promising practices for empowering good entrepreneurs who create good jobs and drive prosperity.

Community Development Philanthropy

Philanthropy Southwest Conference, October 23, 2015

Click this LINK to find all of the resources the Center presented during the conference.

Think tank at prosperity summit held at NTCC - Deborah Markley

Deborah Markley demonstrated the WealthWorks approach to economic development and how the Center works with communities to enhance their prosperity at a prosperity summit Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Northeast Texas Community College.

Understanding Your Donor Opportunities (2014) – Don Macke

Hands-on workshop, part of Philanthropy Ohio’s Summer Institute, introducing community foundations to strategic tools for developing community donors.

New Generation Partnerships

Small Business is Everybody's Business

Craig Schroeder give the afternoon keynote address at SCSU Extension's conference by the same name, April 24, 2015.

Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Young Families to your Community (2014) – Craig Schroeder

Workshop presentation at the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) Conference designed to share field-tested strategies to attract young families.