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The Importance of Nurturing Your Local Entrepreneurial Eco-System
Entrepreneurism has declined 40% since 1978
Independent retailers' market share has dropped 44%
since the 1970s
"Independent retailers return more than three times as much money [to the community] per dollar of sales than chain competitors."
Strong ecosystems allow entrepreneurs to quickly find knowledge and resources they need to succeed.
The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building Playbook
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
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15-minute presentation template to angel investors
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Marketing manual for fishermen
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