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Supporting entrepreneurship for rural economic development

Despite a decline in new business starts over the past decade, entrepreneurship represents the best chance for rural economies to grow in the future. Fortunately, many organizations in rural areas are helping entrepreneurs start and expand businesses. However, entrepreneur support organizations themselves require a supportive environment to effectively assist existing and aspiring business owners. Therefore, focused, long-term investments in a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them are crucial to advancing economic prosperity in rural communities.