Upcoming Webinars

Advances in Rural Entrepreneurship: Reimagining and Reshaping Growth Industries for the Global Economy

Wednesday, November 18, 1PM – 2PM EST

The economic state of America’s rural communities has significant impact on the overall economic health of the entire country. According to the USDA, the total population in US rural counties (populations under 50,000) is 46.1 million – 14% of the US population. These same counties make up 72% of the US land area, including large regions that contain critical natural resources.

Over the past 15 years, there have been substantial swings in regional economic patterns in rural communities across the United States. In most cases, these economic booms and busts were a direct result of local dependencies on a single industry. The lack of economic diversity in many US rural communities creates high economic risk, especially for regions in which the workforce pools have skills that are limited to only a few industries.

Join us for a discussion with rural entrepreneurship ecosystem builders. Our speakers will share stories of success and ideas you can use for your communities and touch on challenges we still need to solve.


Stacy Strauss, Director, Ohio University Innovation Center who will discuss the efforts to build out capacity of micro-clusters in biotechnology/life sciences and advanced manufacturing

Jim Spencer, Executive Director, Bluefield WV Economic Development Authority (BEDA)

Erik Pages, President, EntreWorks Consulting

Featured Webinars

The Post-Pandemic Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO): Creating a Model for the Economic Recovery

Moving towards the recovery will require a recalibration of your  Entrepreneurial Support Organization’s (ESO) business model. Rethinking everything from mission and target customers to service offerings and facility use will be necessary to enable your ESO to operate effectively in the “new normal”. In this timely webinar, Carol Lauffer of Business Cluster Development will walk through the steps for fine-tuning your ESP model and strategy in order to effectively tackle the challenges of the economic recovery and seize the upcoming opportunities.
Topics to be discussed include:
•   Recalibrating your mission and business model to the “new normal” and aligning on a path toward economic recovery
•   Focusing your program to help diversity your economy
•   Re-evaluating your target market segments and members
•   Assessing the needs of your members
•   Determining the service offerings and role of virtual services in the long term
•   Adjusting your facility for the health and safety of others
•   Marketing to reach new market segments
•   Planning budget and funding strategies for the recovery

About Our Speaker
Carol Kraus Lauffer
Principal, Business Cluster Development LLC

Carol Lauffer, Principal, Business Cluster Development LLC, advises communities and universities on innovative strategies to drive entrepreneurship and business startup in targeted clusters and industries. Carol has assisted more than 80 communities across the U.S. Her work includes the development and implementation of plans and programs to strengthen ecosystems, support entrepreneurship and launch new businesses; commercialize technologies and move innovative products to market; and diversify regional economies.

Prior to BCD, Carol was Managing Director of Panasonic’s corporate, venture-backed incubator in Cupertino, California and a Principal in its $100 million venture fund.

Carol is a former board chair for InBIA and recipient of InBIA’s President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2015.

Building Entrepreneur Impact at Scale in a Virtual World

Do you feel like you are spending more time than you would like in the tracking of entrepreneurs and their progress against milestones?

Are you looking for new ways to reduce the time and money needed for your entrepreneurs to realize product/market fit?

Are you looking for ways to connect mentors to your entrepreneurs regardless of their geography?

Do you have the tools to enhance mentor and coach collaboration with entrepreneurs to support success?

Do you have training and education content you would like to deliver online but you aren’t sure how?

Join Pam Hoelzle, Founder and CEO of Entrepreneur Ready, as she shares best practices and a-ha moments throughout building her own startups, delivering 1:1 entrepreneur coaching, teaching entrepreneurship at the MBA-level and founding and growing a 3,000+ starter ecosystem at the University of Central Florida.

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