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Why We're Here


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.


We believe that communities of every size can find new sources of competitive advantage in their inherent assets and invest in a new more prosperous future for both present and future generations through entrepreneur-focused development. We see communities where business entrepreneurs contribute to a more diverse and resilient economy; where social entrepreneurs contribute to a stronger non-profit sector, addressing a wide range of community issues and building an inclusive social fabric; and civic entrepreneurs contribute to the creation and operation of open, inclusive, innovative and effective government.