Rural Retailing and Area Spending Capture
Important development opportunities
In previous newsletters, we've talked about our likely entrepreneurial development opportunities for rural communities. This month we shed light on why rural communities should focus development efforts on increasing area spending capture in our new thought paper, Rural Retailing. We also share stories about communities using innovative rural retail models to grow their economies in our accompanying podcast episode, Rural Retailing and Area Spending Capture.
Other e2 News
NetWork Kansas to Accelerate Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
With $3 million in recent funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, NetWork Kansas will expand its reach to support and build inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems across the state.
Community Resiliency and Entrepreneurship
Over the past few years, David Iaquinta, Professor with Nebraska Wesleyan University, has been doing interviews with entrepreneurs and community leaders in Ord, Nebraska. In the heat of the Pandemic David touched base with a number of Ord residents to find out how they were doing during the Pandemic. In this podcast episode, we focus on the topic of community resiliency through the lens of David’s interviews and remarkable writings, which can be found on our website!
e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Joins National Project to
Advance Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building
Hosted by the International Business Innovation Associate (InBIA), with funding and support by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a new initiative known as the Ecosystem Building Leadership Project (EBLP) has launched. On behalf of e2, Don Macke joins leaders as a member of its advisory board. More Info.
Field News
Announcing the Thrive Rural Framework. The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group launched a new tool, the Thrive Rural Framework, to measure equitable rural prosperity. Check it out!

USDA Invests in Communities Vital to Energy Production. The USDA is investing more than $20 million in rural communities that are vital to helping sustain the country’s energy production. More.

Why Small Towns Are Attracting More Newcomers. This New York Times article discusses the opportunities for rural and how the cost of living versus wages in urban areas are driving residents to move.
Building Rural Communities Through Entrepreneurship, a SourceLink webinar on Thursday, April 21 at 10 a.m. CT. including panelists Nathan Ohle, IEDC; Mayor Nicole LaChapelle, Easthampton, MA; Don Macke, e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems; Rob Williams, SourceLink. INFO.

NetWorked April 2022 Convening, Tuesday, April 26, 2 – 3 pm CT via Zoom. Featured presenters, Don Macke, e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Sarah LaRosh, NetWork Kansas and Luke Mahin, Republic County Economic Development. To Register.

Radically Rural Summit, September 21-22, 2022, is a virtual and in-person event, showcasing innovation and entrepreneurship in the beautiful Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. This summit draws hundreds of registrants from across the U.S. Learn More.