IEDC Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies

Course Description

This multi-faceted course explores the core aspects of entrepreneurial and small business development including value-add partnerships, technical assistance programs, financing, business incubation and more. Entrepreneurs and small businesses stimulate job creation, develop crucial innovations in both products and services and promote the diversification of the economic base. In this course, you will learn the financial and managerial tools economic developers use to create a climate that encourages entrepreneurial and small business development. Also, practitioners will examine the barriers they face and how communities can leverage their economic development resources to build highly integrated networks to help businesses thrive in the global economy.

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15427 Apr 9, 2015 Apr 10, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $695

Special Discount

Non-IEDC Members Price Breakdown

  • Early Bird Rate (Before Feb. 27): $535*
  • Regular Rate (Feb. 27-April 8): $675*
  • On-site Rate (After April 8): $695

IEDC members receive $100 off non-IEDC member prices with coupon code.* Please contact Leigh Hopkins if you have not received your code in the mail.

*The discounted rate will reflect in your shopping cart at checkout.

How You Will Benefit

  • Identify and address the needs of entrepreneurs
  • Define urban versus rural-focused entrepreneurial and small business strategies
  • Manage technical assistance (e.g., economic gardening) programs
  • Develop and manage business incubators
  • Understand federal and state government resources (e.g., SBDCs)
  • Finance programs including micro-lending, venture capital, and angel networks
  • Create technical assistance tracking system to measure job growth and etc.


  • Characteristics of entrepreneurs and small business owners
  • Promoting small business development in your community
  • Identifying and addressing the needs of entrepreneurs
  • Providing technical assistance
  • Growth potential for microenterprises
  • Development of business incubators
  • How to attract private investors and lenders
  • Micro-lending programs, SBA programs, venture capital and other innovative financing tools 

Additional Resources

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Leigh Hopkins, AICP