Why Entrepreneurship Development?

Putting Learning Into Practice

All of the pilot counties recognized the need to make the case for entrepreneurship – both directly and through raising awareness of and celebrating entrepreneurs. Knox County’s State of Entrepreneurism and Innovation in West Central Illinois is an example of a useful tool for sharing information about entrepreneurship generally and also highlighting the important accomplishments of their entrepreneurship activities to date. This type of report is useful for making the case for continued support of entrepreneurs in the region, as well as for raising awareness of the work that is already underway. It can help to build momentum for this work and, perhaps, attract additional resources and leaders to the effort. In a similar way, Quincy’s Live Local Campaign highlights the benefits of keeping money local and educating the community about the importance of this campaign; it also highlights local entrepreneurial ventures and what they bring to the local economy.

Why Entrepreneurship Development?