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Upcoming IEDC Webinar: Building the Next Generation of Businesses: Promoting Entrepreneurship in Your Community

Sep 14, 2016

With the devastating market crash of 2008 and the following recession, entrepreneurship in the U.S. took a nosedive. The good news, however, is that entrepreneurship is back on the rise in 2016, and looks to continue growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of establishments less than one year old rose to over 675,000 in 2015, just under its peak of approximately 710,000 in 2006. With this growth, the number of jobs created by these businesses reached 3 million in 2015. Take advantage of the current economic climate and find out how to support entrepreneurship in your small to medium-sized community with IEDC’s upcoming webinar, “Building the Next Generation of Businesses: Promoting Entrepreneurship in Your Community.” Register now for an exceptional learning opportunity on a growing force in the economy.

Building the Next Generation of Businesses: Promoting Entrepreneurship in Your Community

Date: September 14, 2016

Time:  2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for nonmembers

Registration Deadline: September 14 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Instructions will be emailed on September 13.

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Friday, September 2

Questions? Please contact [email protected].

Promoting and fostering entrepreneurship is a critical component of today’s best economic development programs. Demonstrating a welcoming culture that supports entrepreneurs is essential, because new businesses create jobs, increase tax revenues, diversify the local economy, and allow communities of all sizes to participate in the global economy.

This webinar will feature practical tips and perspectives from experienced economic developers, as well as a leading national foundation, on how to make an impact by promoting entrepreneurship. Attendees will also learn how to integrate startup businesses into traditional economic development efforts like business attraction, retention, and expansion.

A Q&A session at the end of the webinar will allow attendees to ask questions of the speakers. To hear more, register now!


Jason Wiens

Policy Director

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Kansas City, MO

What you can expect from Jason during this IEDC webinar:

Jason will discuss why entrepreneurship is so critical to the present and future U.S. economy, and provide a briefing on the state of entrepreneurship in America.

About Jason:

Jason Wiens is Policy Director in the Research and Policy Department at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation where he leads the Foundation’s policy outreach and education initiatives to federal, state, and local elected officials. Wiens also oversees a grant portfolio of policy-related research and is the lead author of the Entrepreneurship Policy Digest. He has been published in Roll Call, The Hill, Real Clear Policy, and Forbes.

Hrishue Mahalaha

Senior Partner

JumpStart Inc.

Cleveland, OH

What you can expect from Hrishue during this IEDC Webinar:
Hrishue will provide tips on how to involve regional leaders and stakeholders to help communities achieve their full entrepreneurship potential.

About Hrishue:

Hrishue Mahalaha leads JumpStart’s Solutions Delivery Practice. In this capacity, Hrishue works with an array of domestic clients and helps define, analyze, and deliver solutions that help improve regional entrepreneurial networks. Hrishue is also responsible for developing the Solutions Delivery practice so it is well-positioned for sustained growth.

Paul Krutko, FM

President & CEO

Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor, MI

What you can expect from Paul during this IEDC webinar:

Paul will provide best practice examples on how local EDOs can implement a robust entrepreneurship program that includes entrepreneurial education and training, an incubator network, and business accelerator services.

About Paul:
Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK’s President and CEO. Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private partnership of business, government, and academic institutions working to create economic prosperity in the Ann Arbor region. In his role as CEO, he leads the organization’s efforts to expand the regional economy through initiatives to support entrepreneurs and early stage companies accelerating their growth to full potential. SPARK also supports the retention, expansion, and attraction of mature companies that will grow the region's GDP. SPARK convenes the Ann Arbor region's public-private leaders and other stakeholders to implement a strategic framework designed to maintain and to enhance the region's global competitiveness. Paul is a past Chair of the IEDC board of directors.

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August 25, 2016 - 1:23pm
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