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How can rural small towns prosper? The pathways to prosperity are entrepreneurship, self-employment, and locally-owned small businesses. Learn the classic CIS model from the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. Create a welcoming Climate for entrepreneurs, build the strong Infrastructure of small business, and Support your new business owners. Presented by the Washington State Extension to multiple remote locations.


  • 1. November 15, 2013 Welcome!

2. Goals 1.Build your entrepreneurial climate to build your economy. 2. Improve your infrastructure in old and new ways.3 Make support of entrepreneurs part of your local culture. 3. How the day flows Becky McCray will start in a few minutes Webinar Questions Interactive moments Local panel discussions Local brainstorming and action planning 4. Becky McCrayAlva, Oklahoma Photo by Colton Foote 5. Slides: #ruralp2pPhotos by Becky McCray, unless otherwise credited. 6. trendsPhoto by Colton Foote. 7. Does rural have a future?Concrete, WA 8. Locally-owned small businessesWalla Walla 9. Where the customer feels lovedWalla Walla 10. Theyre switching to small retailersConcrete, WA 11. More than Main Street 12. Ag is just as diverseCourtesy of Washington Extension 13. selfemployment? 14. More small firms means more jobs.Source: Harvard Business Review, Glaeser and Kerr, The Secret to Job Growth: Think Small. 2010 15. Self-employment is growing faster than wage jobs. Source: Stephan J. Goetz, Self-Employment in Rural America: The New Economic Reality, 2008. PDF 16. Self employment remains stable in recession, while wage jobs decline. Source: Stephan J. Goetz, Self-Employment in Rural America: The New Economic Reality, 2008. PDF 17. Self-employed people can be attracted to rural. Source: Don Macke,RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. Article at New Geography. 18. ONE big idea 19. Lower the barriers to entry so more business ideas will be tried. 20. Table TalkMy town has a future because 21. ecosystem framework 22. RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship C-I-S frameworkClimate Infrastructure Support Center for Rural Entrepreneurship: Energizing Entrepreneurs site 23. 24. Value entrepreneursClimateCourtesy of Mississippi State University Relations 25. Celebrate entrepreneursClimateCourtesy of Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada 26. Show off your entrepreneursClimateConcrete, WA 27. Plan for entrepreneursClimate 28. Measure business 29. Table TalkYour climate assets 30. 31. Flexible SpacesInfrastructureMore info Washington, Iowa Courtesy of Cathy Lloyd 32. Upstairs downtownInfrastructureMt Vernon, WA 33. Pop-upsInfrastructureWebster City, Iowa 34. Commercial KitchensInfrastructure 35. Mobile FoodInfrastructureAlva, Oklahoma 36. Broadband and wifiInfrastructureWaynoka, Oklahoma 37. Third PlacesInfrastructureStillwater, Oklahoma 38. Co-working spacesInfrastructureCourtesy of The CoLab Port Townsend, WA 39. Business servicesInfrastructureEdinburgh, Scotland 40. Streamline local processesInfrastructureConcrete, WA 41. Local InvestingInfrastructureLocal Dollars, Local Sense by Shuman Locavesting by Cortese 42. Table TalkYour infrastructure assets 43. 44. Events and networkingSupportPhoto by Deb Brown Webster City, Iowa 45. Business fairsSupportCourtesy of Washington State Extension Colville, WA 46. ToursSupportNorfolk County, Ontario, Canada 47. Cooperative marketingSupport 48. More community support partnersLibraryChamber of CommerceEconomic developmentMain StreetTribal, city and county governmentColleges and universitiesNews Media and Social MediaLocal organizationsExtensionSupport 49. Table TalkYour support assets 50. 51. Youth entrepreneurship resources Consortium for Entrepreneurship EducationNetwork for Teaching Entrepreneurship NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Junior AchievementFuture Business Leaders of America-PBL 4-H Source: Dave Shideler, Youth Entrepreneurship: Building a Pipeline PDF 52. Center for Rural EntrepreneurshipCenter for Rural Entrepreneurship:Guide for County Leaders Entrepreneur Coaching 53. Recorded webinars on C-I-S modelDave Shideler, Oklahoma State University Ag Econ: Building Entrepreneurial Communities webinars 54. Gift: 20 small town business ideas 55. Next Steps 1. Collate all of the Assets and Barriers for the Climate, Infrastructure and Support 2. Develop one (or more) action plans 3. Action plans will be posted online. Becky and the planning team will review and add comments, ideas and suggestions for moving forward 56. Next Steps 4. Watch for information from our planning team to connect you to other resources 5. Watch for Rural Pathways follow up at the Community Survivors conference next spring 57. Kicking off Washingtons. Global Entrepreneurship Weekour statewide celebration of innovation, growth and economic prosperity. 58. Next up Local panel discussions Local brainstorming and action planning


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