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While the National Economy Grapples with Recovery, Mayors Offer a Blueprint for Growth

Mayors who focused on entrepreneurship before 2020 share three reasons why Austin, Dayton, Birmingham, and Oklahoma City, are in a better position to weather COVID-19 and the current economic crisis.

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Using Your Voice: Entrepreneur Advocacy Series

Join the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and fellow entrepreneurship supporters for a series of monthly virtual trainings that will prepare participants to be effective advocates at all levels of government and at any time.

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Breaking Down Barriers: Joe Kapp

This week on the Startup Space podcast David Ponraj is joined by Joe Kapp, President and cofounder of the National Center for Resource Development (NCRD). The two discuss how entrepreneurship can become more accessible for underserved and underrepresented founders, and they explore the impact of RuralRISE, a network for rural ecosystem builders Kapp cofounded, and National Entrepreneurship Week (NatlESHIPWeek), a non-partisan initiative Kapp co-chairs.



Rural Ecosystem Development with Frank and Kim Spillers

Frank and Kim Spillers are two ecosystem builders from Atlantic, Iowa. Their company, Rural Community Solutions, advises small towns across the midwest on the best practices to attract and develop entrepreneurs. They join the Mug.news podcast to discuss their work fostering these communities while discussing the future of rural America.




Understanding and Preparing for State Small Business Credit Initiative 2.0

The Center for American Entrepreneurship and Right to Start, in collaboration with Cromwell Schmisseur as subject matter experts, invite you to two webinar events to share information about venture capital programs created by the reauthorization of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).

Dates: April 13, 2021, 2pm-3pm EST and April 20, 2021, 2pm-3pm EST

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Virtual Skoll World Forum

Through an inspiring program of plenaries and sessions, we’ll use this moment of virtual convening to examine the unequal impact of the global pandemic and the innovative solutions that aim to build a better future for all. In the spirit of collaboration, many sessions will be curated directly from the social innovation community.

Dates: April 13 – 15

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RuralRISE Broadband Mini-Summit

For rural communities, access to stable and affordable broadband and wireless connectivity continues to be a challenge. Join fellow rural ecosystem builders in the conversation about rural broadband during the 2021 RuralRISE Mini-Summit.

Date: April 15, 2:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern

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 Introduction to Entrepreneurship-led Economic Development

This course focuses on building an understanding of the importance of building a community centered around entrepreneurship and small business creation, sustainability and growth.

Dates: April 20-21

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InBIA Annual Conference

For 35 years, InBIA’s annual conference – the International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI) – has been the primary venue for incubation and other entrepreneurial support professionals to share best practices, proven strategies, effective tools and relevant insights with an audience of peers.

Dates: April 26 – 30

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RuralRISE Summit 2021

Mark your calendars for the 2021 RuralRISE Summit in Emporia, Kansas!

Dates: September 20 – 21

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Assess Your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Getting Started with Forward Cities’ E3 Scorecard

Get exclusive access to a tool that measures the health and equity of your local entrepreneurial ecosystem! Join Forward Cities as we share insights into how our E3 Scorecard is used to support communities in their efforts to build more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Date: Apr 28, 2:00 PM ET



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