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November 2019

Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

Entire communities can benefit from strategic giving, especially if targeted toward entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ecosystem building. This paper explores the connection between entrepreneurship and philanthropy for greater community-wide prosperity.

October 2019

Help Your Community Become Growth Obsessed: A Guide for Rural Growth

Learn about America's untapped gold mine in this paper full of best practices and peer success stories that will affect the way you think about community culture and business development.


September 2019

Downtowns and Entrepreneurship - Realizing Dreams and Growing Communities

Our newest thought paper contains case stories and our emerging formula for successful downtown renewal for rural and micropolitan communities.

May 2019

Growing an Entrepreneurial Economy with Rooted Corporations

Rooted corporations are a sweet spot for community economic development.  We define what we mean by rooted corporations and why they are important to long-term and sustainable development.


April 2019

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building 101 - Lessons from Northwestern Missouri

Don Macke shares the economic development struggles in Northwestern Missouri and how building an entrepreneurial ecosystem can help improve regional prosperity.

March 2019

Is American Entrepreneurship Declining?

This paper explores the state of American entrepreneurship and how we can reframe our focus on entrepreneurship to achieve a more robust economy.

February 2019

How Chambers Can Become Hubs for eEcosystem Building

This month's white paper – Chambers of Commerce and Entrepreneurship, explores how today’s chambers of commerce can become the hub or host organization for entrepreneur-focused development and entrepreneur ecosystem building.

January 2019

How to Help Communities Become More Competitive

This month we share our thought paper, Lessons from Sam Walton and Wal-Mart Stores:  Keys to Wal-Mart Stores' Success, which offers insights on how your community can become stronger by competing more effectively and discover those entrepreneurs who can grow and diversify your economy and society. Download the paper by clicking its title. We also share a companion piece on growth entrepreneurs, Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurs. We hope these papers stimulate ideas for your strategy development!

December 2018

Top 10 eEcosystem Resources for 2018

We've compiled a list of resources for entrepreneurial ecosystem developers to consider in their work.



July 2018

Insights from the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building Field - Growing Entrepreneurs in Nebraska

In the Center's January newsletter, we shared where the U.S. entrepreneurial “hot spots” are and how the Center is engaged in entrepreneurial ecosystem building in each of them. This month, we explore what we're learning in Nebraska.

May 2018


Why isn't entrepreneurship a more mainstream development strategy in America?

Don Macke provides examples with links to organizations making good progress toward using entrepreneurship as an emerging economic development strategy. Click on the headline for the full story.


March 2018

Growing Stronger Locally-Rooted Entrepreneurs

In rural communities, most entrepreneurs have relatively small businesses. Developmentally, at any specific point in time, there is only so much capacity available to grow the venture even when greater development opportunity may be present. Helping local entrepreneurs become more competitive by capturing more local spending (a much easier and less risky proposition when compared to selling to larger markets outside of the local community) positions them for greater success and may enable some to move to selling outside of the local community. You’ll learn how you how you can achieve this goal using data and engagement techniques, by clicking the headline above!

February 2018

Entrepreneurship and Communities on the Margin

Across America, despite all our prosperity, too many places continue to struggle – with unemployment, high rates of poverty and too much despair. Often these communities face the associated challenges of crime and drug addiction. Why should we care? We can think of five reasons. Click the headline to read more.

Spurring Entrepreneurship Starts By Talking With Talent

Creating sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems begins with assessing e-talent. Don Macke explains the importance of understanding local talent in this Route Fifty commentary.