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Appalachian Angels: Growing High-Tech Businesses in Western North Carolina
by Fred D. Baldwin

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The Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council and the Blue Ridge Angel Investors Network offer a variety of services to support entrepreneurs working to build high-tech companies in Appalachian North Carolina.


Cultivating Entrepreneurship: A Pennsylvania Town-Gown Partnership
by Fred D. Baldwin

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The Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership works in partnership with local groups on a wide range of programs to promote entrepreneurship, benefitting both students and the local economy.


Kentucky's Creative Marketing Boosts Artisan Businesses
by Carl Hoffman

Two eastern Kentucky initiatives are giving local artisans new opportunities for marketing their products and helping attract tourism dollars to the area.


Shoals Commercial Culinary Center: Helping Specialty Food Businesses Take Off
by Carl Hoffman

Specialty food business start-ups are growing strong with help from Alabama's Shoals Commercial Culinary Center, which offers step-by-step business and marketing assistance and the use of a fully equipped commercial kitchen.


Investing in a High-Tech Future
by Fred D. Baldwin

Technology is the wave of the economic future in West Virginia, where the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation is helping high-tech firms flourish.


"Serious Business": Teaching Entrepreneurship Skills to Youths
by Fred D. Baldwin

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School-based enterprises give students in rural Alabama hands-on experience in running their own businesses—and a chance to contribute to their communities—through a program of AlabamaREAL.


West Virginia's Showcase for Entrepreneurs
by James E. Casto

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A retail store in downtown Charleston, West Virginia, run by the nonprofit Center for Economic Options is helping 200 entrepreneurs and artists reach new markets and expand their business opportunities.


Appalachian Harvest, Growing for the Future
by Lynda McDaniel

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Targeting value-added agricultural products, a program in southwestern Virginia is finding ways to make local farmland more competitive while preserving the environment.


Ecotourism Takes Off in the "Heart of Appalachia"
by Lynda McDaniel

Photo of Rick Mullins on his family-owned farm

Local entrepreneurs in southwestern Virginia are finding new business opportunities in the area's fastest-growing industry with the help of the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority.


Providing a Home for Start-Ups
by Carl Hoffman

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At Alabama's Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, business counseling and support give small first a strong start and a greater chance of long-term success.


Tools for Entrepreneurship
by Fred D. Baldwin

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Promoting homegrown businesses was the theme of an Appalachian Regional Commission–sponsored conference held in Clermont County, Ohio, in September 2000.


Mining Fresh Water for Aquaculture
by Carl Hoffman

New aquaculture ventures are taking hold in Appalachia, thanks to innovative techniques developed by West Virginia's Freshwater Institute.


Launching Technology Jobs
by Fred D. Baldwin

Connecting entrepreneurs with knowledge and capital is the goal of Technology 2020, a public-private partnership that's helping technology firms throughout Tennessee take off.


A Factory without Walls: Microbusinesses in Appalachia
by Fred D. Baldwin

Stimulating the growth and expansion of small businesses is the goal of Garrett County, Maryland's MicroWorks program.


Starting with the Business Basics
by Carl Hoffman

Southwestern Virginia's BusinesStart has been helping entrepreneurs since 1993 with access to information and small loans. The foundation of the program is its Business Basics training.


BIC Makes it Happen
by Carl Hoffman

Tompkins County, New York's Business Innovation Center uses "intellectual capital" to help local entrepreneurs succeed and grow.


Small is Big Business in Eastern Tennessee
by Fred D. Baldwin

Small businesses are major job generators in today's economy. The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is working to create jobs in Appalachian Tennessee by helping home-grown businesses to take root and grow.


WINGS: Women Entrepreneurs Take Flight
by Fred D. Baldwin

A group of Appalachian women with different dreams and different skills tell how a program called WINGS gave them the confidence and ability to succeed as entrepreneurs.

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