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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.