Episode 30

Published on:

15th Dec 2021

How to recognize the impact of entrepreneurship in our economy

In this episode drawn from two recent panel discussions hosted by Economic Impact Catalyst, we hear from visionary economic developers, entrepreneurship ecosystem builders, and policy experts about their efforts to fully recognize the impact of entrepreneurship-led economic development on our economy. The conversations span why small business is often ignored in economic development, how to tell better stories using data, and what levers seem to be most useful in accelerating entrepreneurship and small business creation in our communities.

The panels were recorded as webinars on December 6 & 8, 2021, and you can find a link to watch the webinars in their entirety in the show notes below. 

Panel discussions feature:

  • Suzanne Perreault, Manager, Small Business Services, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Anne Strickland, VP for Entrepreneurial Development, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)
  • Eric Weissmann, Executive Director, NEXT Greenville, SC
  • David Ponraj, Founder & CEO, Economic Impact Alliance
  • Garry Clark, President & CEO, Economic Alliance Snohomish County & President, NREDA
  • Kim Lane, COO, Right to Start

Learn more about the panelists' work:

Learn more about Economic Impact Catalyst: economicimpactcatalyst.com

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About the Podcast

Breaking Down Barriers
A Podcast About Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development
This podcast explores the opportunity to build wealth in local, regional, and national economies through entrepreneurship-led economic development. Episodes feature changemakers with innovative approaches to empowering people to start businesses that create wealth for their families and improve outcomes for their communities. Conversations highlight work being done in communities across the US to break down barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity in underserved and underrepresented communities. In this series, we share authentic stories about the impact that entrepreneurship-led economic development has on the local economy and connect a global network of passionate economic developers. Find out more at economicimpactcatalyst.com/impact