Entrepreneurship, however defined, is a key ingredient in a robust community and a sustainable economy. This section of the web site provides resources that support community development educators and practitioners working with communities and businesses. The Resources for Entrepreneurs link below is aimed at individuals and their enterprises. The Resources for Communities link below is aimed at community leaders that desire to develop a comprehensive community response to the opportunities that entrepreneurship offers.
Entrepreneurs come in many shapes and sizes. Some create businesses, some contribute to civic organizations and still others endeavor to enhance the provision of public goods and services. What they all have in common is what William Bygrave of the Babson School characterizes as "the presence of imagination, flexibility, creativity, a willingness to think conceptually, and the capacity to see change as an opportunity." The resources and links that are accessed at the Resources for Entrepreneurs link above are intended to help entrepreneurs be more successful in their endeavors.
Resources for Communities
Having successful entrepreneurs (social, private and public) might happen now and again regardless of what a community does or doesn't do. But like any activity that we want to reinforce, it is better to be strategic and purposeful if we want to increase our chances of success. There are a variety of things communities can do to enhance the prospects of growing and sustaining enterpreneurs. The resources and links that are accessed at the Resoruces for Communities link above are intended to help community leaders and other stakeholders determine what they might do to promote and sustain an entreprenuerial culture.
Community-based Approaches Inventors & Entrepreneurs Clubs (I&E Clubs)
Resources for Business Feasibility Conference - June 24 & 25, 2010, University of Nebraska
Nebraska Part 2 Preliminary Market Analysis - Full Page Slide
Nebraska Part 2 Preliminary Market Analysis - 6 slides per page
Nebraska Part 2 Preliminary Market Analysis - 3 slides per page with Notes