Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia: Your Ideas Needed!

Along with our partners at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, EntreWorks Consulting is soon kicking off an interesting research project examining the state of entrepreneurial ecosystems in Appalachia.  This project is on behalf of the Appalachian Regional Commission so it will be examining what’s happening with entrepreneurs in an extended region that includes 13 states.   We’ve done some past work on this topic for ARC, but that was some time ago.  So, we’re taking a new and fresh look at the state of entrepreneurship in the region.  We know that there are many areas facing tough challenges due to declines in the coal industry.  Yet, there are also lots of exciting things happening across the region with locations like Chattanooga (TN), Huntsville (AL), and Roanoke-Blacksburg (VA, among others, gaining reputations as innovation hotspots.   This project has lots of components, including a look at new data on entrepreneurial ventures and a guide to business resources in the region.  I’ll be providing regular updates via our blog and elsewhere, but we also need your help. If you know of interesting programs or entrepreneurs in Appalachia, please share them with us at info (at) entreworks.net.   Just as an FYI, I will also be attending next week’s International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conference in Cleveland, and would welcome the opportunity to connect with you there, too.

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