This article describes a potential model for other Extension programs across the United States that are looking for effective strategies to support and enhance community-based entrepreneurship. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with other business-assist organizations, business owners, and municipal officials, organized the annual Washington County Business Conference and Marketplace. The overall goal of the conference was to improve the chances of success for existing and aspiring small business owners. A post-conference survey revealed that conference participants improved their business management skills; started, expanded, or improved a business; increased sales and profits; and made better business decisions.
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Bassano, L. V., & McConnon, J. C. (2008). Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Building Leadership Capacity in Rural Communities. The Journal of Extension, 46(2), Article 3. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol46/iss2/3