Creating Entrepreneur Ready Communities

Learning Approach: Best Practices

| Sheraton New Orleans, Napoleon D | Posted: Monday, 8:00-9:15 a.m.



Entrepreneur Ready Communities

Communities that build local capacity to support their entrepreneurs have seen dramatic increases in the startup and growth of successful businesses, resulting in increased employment and strengthened local economies. At this session, you’ll learn the characteristics of Entrepreneur Ready Communities and the activities, assessments, educational programs, and technical assistance necessary to create them. You will complete an assessment of your community and identify areas of remediation as an example of meeting criteria. You’ll also hear how Bastrop, Tex., a certified Entrepreneur Ready Community, has benefited from the development process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to explain the importance of and activities associated with both community and economic development.
  2. Assess the entrepreneur readiness of their communities.
  3. Survey entrepreneurs to determine the types of support they need to start or grow a successful business.
  4. Create an entrepreneur support system in their communities

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For more information contact:

Dr Greg Clary, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Chairman, Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (TCRE) - This nonprofit creates, grows, and retains wealth and jobs in Texas by connecting entrepreneurs and communities with capital, management, and leadership resources. TCRE energizes rural entrepreneurs to start and grow economically successful businesses, creates entrepreneurial supportive communities within which businesses can flourish and be sustainable, provides value-added services to those assisting rural entrepreneurs, and organizes resources of providers to better meet the needs of rural entrepreneurs.

Nancy Wood, Bastrop Main Street Program
Nancy Wood is Main Street Program Director for the city of Bastrop where she uses her skills to bring partnerships with various community groups to achieve consensus for economic growth and historic preservation in a unique downtown and to manage an ongoing team of over 50 volunteers toward Advisory Board established goals. Under her leadership, the Main Street program, in its first six years, saw over $18 million in public and private reinvestment in downtown properties, with 52 net new businesses started and over 141 new jobs created. This successful program positions the community to grow as a destination and will retain its historical relevance in the state. Nancy is a performance development professional with over twenty years experience in Organizational Development consulting, course design and development, program implementation, classroom instruction and team facilitation: with proven expertise in both independent consulting and the management of a full-service in-house training department for a major banking institution.