Revitalizing Rural Economies Through Entrepreneurship Development Systems

December 1, 2008  • Elaine Edgcomb, Joyce Klein & David Black

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Entrepreneurship development systems (EDSs) reflect a theory whose time has come. Emerging across the country as rural practitioners seek more effective engines for rural revitalization, these systems are intended to strengthen and integrate programs, products and services to better meet the needs of entrepreneurs.

They are designed to:

• create a pipeline of entrepreneurs by identifying and supporting youth and adult entrepreneurs

• implement a system of financial and technical support for entrepreneurs of all types

• foster a policy and cultural environment that is supportive of entrepreneurship.