Creating an Entrepreneurial Environment

Putting Learning Into Practice

You could say that everything the pilot communities have undertaken has been, at least in part, directed toward creating an entrepreneurial culture in their communities and region. Networking events, guides to business services (Where to Go for What), celebrations and awards go a long way to improving the culture of a place and sending the message to entrepreneurs that this community supports you and your business. Knox County’s Eagle Award Program – recognizing the contributions of entrepreneurs, organizations and individuals toward building an entrepreneurial community – is just one example of the kind of celebration that can help transform the culture of a place.

Several counties are actively building the entrepreneurial infrastructure that is such a vital part of a supportive environment. After careful study of other incubator models, Pike County has created an incubator facility in downtown Barry. Appropriately sized for this small community, the incubator can assist two to four entrepreneurs and their business start-ups. Hancock County is building a softer kind of infrastructure through the support of BizLink designed to provide existing and potential entrepreneurs with an opportunity to network, learn, and collaborate. Young Professional Groups have emerged as very active groups in both Hancock and Adams counties. Although the effort is in its infancy, the Quincy Artist Relocation Program has the potential both to support local artists and to help restore and preserve iconic downtown properties – a vital component of community infrastructure for economic development.

To hear how Galesburg is building an entrepreneurial environment, click here.

Creating an Entrepreneurial Environment