ERIC Number: ED467310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Tools for Entrepreneurship: Building New Economies in Rural America. Conference Proceedings (Clermont County, Ohio, September 17-19, 2000).
Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC.; Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; Hitachi Foundation, Washington, DC.; Levi Strauss Foundation, Inc., San Francisco, CA.
A conference held in September 2000 focused on entrepreneurship as a means to create more and better jobs in Appalachia and rural America. This report summarizes the conference proceedings. In part 1, successful rural entrepreneurs identify their challenges and needs. Entrepreneurial success requires a supportive community environment, diverse sources of capital, strong networks of service providers, and quality employees (produced by the local school system or attracted by quality-of-life amenities). Characteristics that promote success are desire, understanding of risk, and total commitment. Part 2 looks at innovative strategies to support entrepreneurs. These are categorized in the areas of: (1) entrepreneurship education for youth and adults (training for youth in schools and online, lifelong learning in entrepreneurship, business partnerships for entrepreneurial training); (2) improved access to capital (microenterprise, angel financing, development venture capital, small business investment companies, bank investments); (3) business incubation and technical assistance, (4) e-commerce and technology, and (5) sector-based strategies for rural communities. Part 3 outlines recommendations in each of these areas. Appendices list the conference steering committee, profile presenters, describe the Appalachian Regional Commission's Entrepreneurship Initiative, and list 42 references and 28 resource Web sites. (SV)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Business Education, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Financial Support, Higher Education, Job Training, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Secondary Education, Small Businesses, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.arc.gov/images/pubs/entrep/tools.pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC.; Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; Hitachi Foundation, Washington, DC.; Levi Strauss Foundation, Inc., San Francisco, CA.