This article explains how Extension can enhance and expand its nationwide community-based entrepreneurship programs by developing strategic partnerships with other organizations to create highly effective educational programs for rural entrepreneurs. The activities and impacts of the Down East Micro-Enterprise Network (DEMN), an alliance of three organizations with economic development missions in Maine, is used to showcase effective strategies that identify, create, and sustain strategic partnerships; build on their strengths; and overcome potential challenges. This Extension project was part of a statewide effort in Maine to build and strengthen networks of business service providers and improve service delivery to Maine's entrepreneurs.
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Bassano, L. V., & McConnon, J. C. (2011). Strategic Partnerships That Strengthen Extension's Community-Based Entrepreneurship Programs: An Example from Maine. The Journal of Extension, 49(5), Article 4. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.49.05.04