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Funding Your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Date: October 27, 2020

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Price: Free

Instructions will be emailed on Monday, October 26

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org



Entrepreneurship and small businesses are the cornerstones of a thriving economy, creating 1.6 million net new jobs in 2019 and consistently accounting for almost half of the private workforce. While their success lies in the support structures - the ecosystem - surrounding them, building an efficient and strong ecosystem requires not only partnerships, creativity, and commitment from stakeholders, but also hard cash. Join IEDC on this free webinar to learn how to work with a diverse set of funding sources -- from the CARES act and public-private partnerships to family foundations and large philanthropic organizations -- to build and grow an inclusive ecosystem in your region.

This webinar is supported by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Launching in 2021, IEDC and partner UMKC SourceLink are currently developing a set of training courses and credentials for professionals working in entrepreneurship-led economic development.



Dara Macan
Director of Global Business Development
Kansas City, MO

For over a decade Dara has consulted with organizations engaged in economic development activities that improve visibility and help drive economic impact in their communities. She joined SourceLink in 2016 as the National Director of Partnerships & Engagement to lead strategic partnerships and business development initiatives. Founded in 2003, SourceLink provides communities with consulting solutions and software tools to create roadmaps for entrepreneurial growth and drive economic impact through job creation. Dara is responsible for identifying market opportunities and building relationships with economic developers, academic, government, corporate and nonprofit groups to increase the SourceLink landscape. She brings insight, best practices, and funding opportunities to the team and to the SourceLink national affiliated network. Those engagements span from rural and urban to statewide projects.

Rob Williams
Kansas City, MO

In his role as director for SourceLink®, Rob provides new client onboarding, technical oversight, project implementation, and operational support to the team. He has been lead on complex efforts to map and understand innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems from Seattle to San Juan, and has launched sustainable entrepreneurial support networks in rural communities like Klamath Falls, Oregon, to large urban metropolitan areas like Chicago and Baltimore. Rob is frequently called upon to provide guidance and consulting on how to measure and report on entrepreneurship economic impact for program sustainability and add-on funding.


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