Learn Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies with IEDC’s Upcoming Training Course

Learn Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies with IEDC’s Upcoming Training Course

International Economic Development Council


Date: November 6-7, 2008
Location: Baltimore, MD

Small businesses stimulate job creation, develop crucial innovations in both products and services and promote the diversification of the economic base. Thus, it is critical that communities and economic developers dedicate resources to developing and promoting new business startups and establish effective support systems. A community that meets the needs of its entrepreneurs increases its chances of job growth by small businesses, which translates into a more vibrant community. As large businesses downsize, a healthy business climate that supports smaller businesses will also help with the retention of skilled workers.

This course will identify the tools economic developers need to create a climate that caters to small businesses. In addition, the course will cover the characteristics of entrepreneurs and small business owners, the barriers they face and how communities can promote their development.


• Characteristics of entrepreneurs and small business owners
• Promoting small business development in your community
• Identifying and addressing the needs of entrepreneurs
• Providing technical assistance
• Growth potential for microenterprises
• Development of business incubators
• How to attract private investors and lenders
• Micro-lending programs, SBA programs, venture capital and other innovative financing tools


• Economic developers
• Community development corporations
• Workforce developers
• City managers
• Chamber representatives
• Anyone who wants to create new business startups in their community

View the training course webpage: http://www.iedconline.org/?p=Training_ESBDS_MD

Register today: http://www.iedconline.org/?p=Training_ESBDS_MD#registration

Check out our instructor biographies: http://www.iedconline.org/?p=Training_ESBDS_KY#instructors

Erik R. Pages, President, EntreWorks Consulting
Patricia Williams, CEcD, President, Callouch/Williams & Associates

Accommodations/Training Location

Four Points Sheraton BWI Airport Hotel
7032 Elm Road
Baltimore, MD 21240
Phone: (410) 859-3300

Website: www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/
Hotel rate: $179 single/double
Hotel cut-off date: October 24, 2008

Posted September 12, 2008

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