Minnesota Rural Partners Nationally Tecognized for Promising Practices in Entrepreneurship by the Corporation for Enterprise Development

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Minnesota Rural Partners, a private non-profit organization that creates connections to help Minnesota innovate and thrive, is featured in the inaugural Promising Practices in Entrepreneurship Report by the Corporation for Enterprise Development as one of several organizations around the country generating some of the best ideas in support of entrepreneurship. The recognition comes for MRP’s work building the Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway System (MEG), including BizPathways, Finance Avenue, and the Entrepreneurial Community Champion process.

Minnesota Rural Partners, a private non-profit organization that creates connections to help Minnesota innovate and thrive, is featured in the inaugural Promising Practices in Entrepreneurship Report by the Corporation for Enterprise Development as one of several organizations around the country generating some of the best ideas in support of entrepreneurship. The recognition comes for MRP’s work building the Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway System (MEG), including BizPathways, Finance Avenue, and the Entrepreneurial Community Champion process. Jane Leonard, MRP president, gave a presentation last week at the International Rural Network Conference in Abingdon, Virginia, on MRP's efforts in entrepreneurship. Over 300 people from 40 countries attended the meeting.

The Promising Practices in Entrepreneurship Report (available at http://www.cfed.org) is a supplement to the Development Report Card for the States (DRC). It highlights examples of existing, real-world practices in support of entrepreneurship that are being initiated by states or that could be supported at the state level. Minnesota Rural Partners is not a part of state government but works with many partners to achieve statewide goals. The DRC is intended as a tool for policymakers, practitioners, and advocates to understand how their states’ economies, and the factors that promote healthy economies, are faring relative to other states.

As a resource for readers of the DRC who want to improve their state’s performance in a given area, CFED is beginning to chronicle “Promising Practices” for each of the 12 subindexes of the DRC. Promising Practices in Entrepreneurship is the first in this series. These are meant as a starting point for readers who want to know where to turn to find the best ideas around the country that could be adapted or replicated in their state.

To find out more about these “Promising Practices,” Minnesota Rural Partners is encouraging citizen leaders, public officials, planners and community and economic development professionals to attend the upcoming Minnesota Rural Summit, to be held at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, July 28 & 29. The Summit offers participants an opportunity to look at the changing demographic and economic landscape in Minnesota, provides emerging best practices around these changes, and seeks input to build a new economic framework that helps rural and urban communities work together for a sustainable future. See conference details, including agenda and registration information at http://www.minnesotaruralpartners.org or call 651-645-9403.

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