Promising Practices Webinar Series

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Our Promising Practices webinar series highlights key components in the field of expanding entrepreneurial access to the nation at large.  We do this monthly by highlighting the work of other national practitioners as well as the work we have engaged on our own.  We hope attendees will walk away with well-informed, tested, and scalable ideas that they can apply in their own communities

Register for the latest Promising Practices webinar [Webinar Title] to join the league of our partner organizations, entrepreneurial ecosystem builders, and city leaders who are committed to developing Equity for Every Entrepreneur(E3).

Forward Citiesfinal 2020 Promising Practices webinar featured partners from Franklin County/Columbus, OH. We'll discuss creating more equitable opportunities for every entrepreneur with Chief Operations Officer of Rev1 Ventures Kristy Campbell, Forward Cities Local Director LC Johnson, CEO and Managing Consultant with Aventi Enterprises Deonna Barnett, Small Business Concierge with the City of Columbus Henry Golatt, Managing Partner at Next Street Charisse Conanan Johnson, and Managing Associate at Next Street Joan Spirytus.

Forward Cities is joined by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and member organizations Mountain BizWorks, Manufacturing Renaissance, and Made in DC for its Promising Practices webinar, The Role of Manufacturing in Small Business Growth. The conversation will explore their approaches to developing a unique cross-section of 21st century manufacturing and small business growth, through an equity lens.

The Urban Manufacturing Alliance invites you to learn more about their broad work by visiting the following links:

Join Forward Cities, CO.STARTERS, and The Corner Launchbox to explore how New Kensington, PA is an emerging corridor of innovation working to build a more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem by creating alignment among public, private, and nonprofit partners.

Join Forward Cities for a chat on the art of facilitating conversations that lead with an inclusive lens and help move communities to action through a more well-informed dialogue. With social distancing in full effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more critical than ever to ensure all perspectives are honored, voices are heard, and buy-in is had.

The webinar will be facilitated by Forward Cities’ Senior Director of Learning Networks, Brett Brenton. Featured panelists include Forward Cities’ Director of Talent Development, Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, Jamey Stowell of Delta Leadership, Inc., and Forward Cities’ Local Directors Kim Louis (New Kensington, PA) and Gabriel Muñoz (Kansas City).

Access the Facilitation Guide.

Forward Cities and Dr. Elsie Harper-Anderson of Virginia Commonwealth University explore the factors that shape dynamic and collaborative relationships between entrepreneurial support organizations to create more robust economic development strategies in cities.

Drawing on Dr. Harper-Anderson’s research, this vibrant conversation focuses on the importance of connection, partnership, and leadership in shaping collaborative environments in entrepreneurial ecosystems in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Richmond.

Communities around the country are increasingly recognizing the transformative economic and community-building power of Anchor Institutions (Anchors). These institutions are often an under-tapped resource that can play pivotal roles in creating and growing a prosperous economy by focusing on fostering a vibrant, inclusive small business sector.

The Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems report was jointly developed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Forward Cities with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Read the full report.

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Forward Cities regularly hosts webinars with thought leaders to present the best practices from the field of equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem building to more than 3,500 attendees to date.

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