As local, state and national economies continue to recover from the Great Recession, community leaders are increasingly interested in how they can create support systems to help entrepreneurs launch, manage and grow their businesses to enhance economic vitality. More and more, attracting, retaining and expanding small businesses is becoming a mainstream economic development strategy.
“Growing Local Economies through Entrepreneurship: A Guide for Community Leaders” is a new publication from Virginia Cooperative Extension. It is designed to help local leaders in the government, nonprofit and business sectors better understand key terms and concepts to skillfully navigate this emerging field of policy and practice. It provides a primer for communities and regions who want to explore entrepreneurship-based economic development strategies but who may not know exactly where to start.