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Entrepreneurship via ESO's

Date: March 18, 2021

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $99 for IEDC members, $149 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: March 18 at 12:30 pm ET

Instructions will be emailed on Tuesday, March 16

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, March 8

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org



From budding entrepreneurs to seasoned business owners, entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs) provide the foundations and resources that new and growing businesses need. This webinar will feature incubators and accelerator programs that have generated entrepreneurial growth through ESO collaboratives.




Lindsey Kimball, MBA, CEcD, EDFP
Director, Economic Development
Hillsborough Country, Florida
Tampa, FL

Lindsey Kimball, MBA, CEcD, EDFP joined the Hillsborough County, FL (Tampa) team in 2012 as Economic Development Director. Serving a community of more than 1.4 million, she oversees strategic and operational aspects of Targeted Industry Development, Entrepreneurial Services, Minority Business Development, Redevelopment, Competitive Sites, Agribusiness, Business Intelligence, Tourism Development and Cultural Assets. Her leadership drives an award-winning team of 25 professionals with a department budget of nearly $9 million and more than $165 million in contracts under management. She is a recognized expert and brings to the table more than 18 years of experience in a diverse range of economic development activities and organizations, always with a keen perception of market trends, best practices and the best outcome for the community. Developing new, innovative programs and, more importantly – implementing them – is a strong suite for Ms. Kimball who embraces a progressive, holistic approach to her profession.

A skilled negotiator, Ms. Kimball's deal-making efforts throughout her career have resulted in projects announcing nearly 26,000 jobs and more than $1.7 billion in capital investment. She has held senior leadership positions with the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission (Florida), Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Tampa Bay Partnership and Infinity Global Solutions, an economic and community development consulting firm. She also held staff level positions with the City of St. Petersburg, FL and the Downtown Denver Partnership at the start of her career.

Carol Lauffer
Business Cluster Development
Palo Alto, CA

As Principal and owner of Business Cluster Development (BCD), Carol has helped more than 80 communities, universities and corporations across the U.S. to plan and deploy successful strategies and programs that support entrepreneurship, create new businesses, move innovative products to market, and build strong ecosystems and clusters, resulting in economic diversification, job creation, technology commercialization, and economic growth. Carol has hands-on experience with a range of entrepreneurial support programs, including accelerators, incubators, coworking, maker spaces, and various hybrids. She has significant expertise in cluster-based entrepreneurial support programs and strategies. 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. She managed an organization in San Jose, California that helped software entrepreneurs to start their businesses and connect with investors and experts, and early in her career, managed business assistance programs for the Ben Franklin Partnership in Philadelphia. Carol has 30+ years of experience supporting entrepreneurship and small business, and economic development. In addition, she has served on the management teams and advisory boards of several incubators. As a dedicated member of the industry, Carol served on the board of the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), holding the post of Chair of the Board of Directors of InBIA in 2010-11. Currently, she serves on the board of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Carol is a course instructor for both organizations’ professional development programs, and a frequent speaker on best practices for entrepreneurial support organizations, ecosystem assessment and development, and targeting technology clusters and other verticals for economic development. In April 2015, InBIA honored Carol with the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, recognizing her significant contributions to the association and the industry. Carol earned a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Northwestern University. She is a travel enthusiast with visits to more than 50 countries across 6 continents, and 46 states.


Instructions and Technology

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-- speakers or headphones
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• Broadband Internet connection

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Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, March 8. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, March 8 .

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, March 8 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, March 8 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


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We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact certification@iedconline.org.