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RuralRise: The Role of Rural Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Updated: Nov 7

Rural communities have long been the heart of the American economy. Innovation and entrepreneurship are embedded into everything they do. Rural communities perpetually lead the way in creating new businesses to meet local needs. From agricultural advances to Main Street stores, rural communities have always demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit.

Successful rural entrepreneurs have the ability to grow and transform towns and local communities in ways that urban entrepreneurs simply cannot.

Despite all this, rural entrepreneurs have faced a variety of challenges in creating and building new ventures. Limited access to resources and funding, plus personnel gaps in training and education can make an entrepreneurial endeavor in a non-metro area a labor of love.

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