Minnesota’s  Entrepreneurial Gateway  Community Informatics as a transformational tool for community economic reinvention
Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway  an evolving community informatics tool <ul><li>An online and on-the-ground network in w...
Community Informatics <ul><li>Also known as  community networking ,  electronic community networking ,  community-based te...
What is Informatics? <ul><li>Informatics is... </li></ul><ul><li>understanding the impact technology has on people.     </...
Defining Entrepreneurship An organization or person who manages a business undertaking, assuming the  RISK  for the sake o...
Where did the MEG & BizPathways come from? <ul><li>Based on earlier work and resulting recommendations from: </li></ul><ul...
Entrepreneurship Roadblocks <ul><li>Capital & Technical Assistance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help financing business; Match bu...
Summary of MN Rural Partners/Kellogg “Economic Reinvention” Grant   FINANCE * CREATIVE CAPITAL * HEALTH CARE * COMMUNITY D...
<ul><li>SBA and Kauffman   </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century  report </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The import...
Entrepreneurship Creates Jobs <ul><li>Systemic change : </li></ul><ul><li>Do they get  3 out of every 4 dollars of governm...
Minnesota U.S. figures U.S. Census – State Economic Data 2003 This is the opportunity: support entrepreneurship.. help sma...
Very small 1-19 Small 20-99 Medium 100-499 Large 500 + 145817 145 220 718 2623 4521 12941 19210 26888 78551 Total 41045 29...
Change Policy & Technical Assistance Barriers <ul><li>We haven’t changed how we coordinate and administer on-the-ground ec...
<ul><li>Matches  your profile to resources in your area </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive  business plan templates </li></ul><...
What can BizPathways users do? <ul><li>View  customized content in Pathways </li></ul><ul><li>Create,  save and store busi...
Who is a service provider? Anyone who provides a service, tool, or event for entrepreneurs – whether they are government, ...
What can a service provider do? <ul><li>Promote  organization, tool, resource, or event </li></ul><ul><li>Perform  quick s...
Entrepreneurial Community Model Community Design Financial Resources Creative Capital Health Care Academy findings Entrepr...
  What is an Entrepreneurial Community Champion? <ul><li>Geographic community develops an entrepreneurial culture. </li></...
Local web-based Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway (MEG) tied into regional  and statewide systems for user-  to-resource m...
Evolution to MEG <ul><li>Blending online knowledge management with on-the-ground knowledge sharing. </li></ul><ul><li>Onli...
MEG Background <ul><li>Three-year framework  for rural economic development based on community entrepreneurship (2004-2006...
MEG at the Community Level <ul><li>Need  INFORMATION, KNOWLEDGE, CONNECTIONS & RELATIONSHIPS  to get to. </li></ul>Communi...
IDEAS <ul><li>MN ENTREPRENEURIAL GATEWAY SYSTEM </li></ul><ul><li>Community informatics tools for more informed decision-m...
Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway Custom matching, tracking, continuum of care….. SORT & ASSESS CHANNEL S U C C E E D I N ...
MEG – a Network of Networks Local Gateway County Gateway Regional Gateway MN Entrepreneur Gateway
MEG Outcomes <ul><li>Transform  the community economic development approach to understand & support entrepreneurship – cre...
On-the-Ground  Knowledge Sharing & Support
Online Organizing System (Knowledge Management)
Local, County, Regional Gateways http://nd.bizpathways.org http://www.dakotacountybizpathways.org
The time is right …the trends point the way… <ul><li>Convergence of Talent and Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech allow...
MEG Strategy <ul><li>Use Community and Economic Entrepreneurship as the Superstory Organizing Framework –  </li></ul><ul><...
 
3,000 Business Service Providers on BizPathways database Number of providers
 
<ul><li>Resource Information for Todd County </li></ul><ul><li>OTG-DSS Inc . --- Provides web hosting, web design, electro...
Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway Communities <ul><li>Part of a larger project  to study ways to encourage rural community...
Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway Communities <ul><li>Funded by  W.K.Kellogg Foundation and the Minnesota State Network Fu...
Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway Pilot Communities Number of providers = Gateway pilot communities
 
 
 
What does a MEG Community look like? 1.  You are open for business! Everyone knows where, how to start a business. 2. You’...
Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway Communities <ul><li>Reduce transaction costs  of serving & supporting small business sta...
Jane Leonard President Minnesota Rural Partners [email_address] 651-645-9403
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  • Been working on this issue since 1998 starting with the Rural Entrepreneurship Academy study with the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership – four-state initiative to identify barriers to entrepreneurship. Our focus today’s goes right to the heart of those findings -- to build a supportive culture and organized, coordinated base of resources – both individual and community-based, for entrepreneurship to happen.
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    1. 1. Minnesota’s Entrepreneurial Gateway Community Informatics as a transformational tool for community economic reinvention
    2. 2. Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway an evolving community informatics tool <ul><li>An online and on-the-ground network in which local communities (urban & rural), counties, regions, and our entire state can better organize, manage, and connect resources to support entrepreneurship and start and grow a diversity of enterprises. </li></ul><ul><li>MEG connects emerging businesses and community leaders with the knowledge, resources, and guidance they need to succeed. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Community Informatics <ul><li>Also known as community networking , electronic community networking , community-based technologies or community technology </li></ul><ul><li>refers to an emerging set of principles and practices concerned with the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for personal, social, cultural or economic development within communities; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for enabling the achievement of collaboratively determined community goals; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and for invigorating and empowering communities in relation to their larger social, economic, cultural and political environments. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It can be considered as an socially-oriented and emergent sub-discipline of Informatics , itself a term with a wide variety of interpretations </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. What is Informatics? <ul><li>Informatics is... </li></ul><ul><li>understanding the impact technology has on people.   </li></ul><ul><li>the development of new uses for technology.   </li></ul><ul><li>the application of information technology in the context of another field. </li></ul><ul><li>Informatics is a new field of study that gives students the skills to apply information technology to another field - from health care to journalism to biology to economics. </li></ul><ul><li>Informaticists can then use technology to harness the power of information and make exciting new discoveries that make us more productive at home and at work. </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana University </li></ul>
    5. 5. Defining Entrepreneurship An organization or person who manages a business undertaking, assuming the RISK for the sake of profit – financial & to strengthen the community. A way of thinking & a pattern of working with others that permeates everything you do: -Intentional about Connections -Creative & Committed -Disciplined and Perseverant A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN COMMUNITY & BUSINESSES – BIG AND SMALL!
    6. 6. Where did the MEG & BizPathways come from? <ul><li>Based on earlier work and resulting recommendations from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Minnesota Rural Summits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research at the Center for the Study of Rural America, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, Kellogg & Corporation for Enterprise Development, Kaufmann and SBA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Minnesota Rural Entrepreneurship Academy findings, October 2000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TOP grant 2001-2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All point to entrepreneurship as a must for rural sustainability and growth – </li></ul><ul><li>in attitude and action. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Entrepreneurship Roadblocks <ul><li>Capital & Technical Assistance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help financing business; Match business with communities; Public/private partnerships; Economic/demographic/industry information; Education to meet high-tech demands; Access to business services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Physical Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to High Speed Internet; Technology to support community infrastructure; Reduce cost of technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Culture & Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Culture change” - lack of support for entrepreneurial spirit; Isolation from peer group; need access to professional infrastructure, advisors; Education to meet high-tech demands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(from the MN Rural Entrepreneurship Academy, October 2000) </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Summary of MN Rural Partners/Kellogg “Economic Reinvention” Grant FINANCE * CREATIVE CAPITAL * HEALTH CARE * COMMUNITY DESIGN <ul><li>Rural economic development today means economic reinvention. </li></ul><ul><li>The challenge in today’s world is managing the interrelationships between so many factors in economic and community life. </li></ul><ul><li>The opportunity lies in managing the complexity in such a way as to channel the creative chaos into productive actions. </li></ul><ul><li>This project builds an interdisciplinary framework to help communities manage economic reinvention in 21st century rural America. </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>SBA and Kauffman </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century report </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The importance of small business and innovation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1950s and 60s large firms with economies of scale were more efficient and competitive in the global marketplace </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Today: growth comes from newer, smaller, more innovative firms </li></ul></ul></ul>March 2004 report
    10. 10. Entrepreneurship Creates Jobs <ul><li>Systemic change : </li></ul><ul><li>Do they get 3 out of every 4 dollars of government subsidies? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they get 3 out of every 4 moments of attention by policymakers and development professionals? </li></ul>
    11. 11. Minnesota U.S. figures U.S. Census – State Economic Data 2003 This is the opportunity: support entrepreneurship.. help small business succeed… they will innovate & strengthen the economy & our communities in return 124,680 (1-19 employees) 78,575 (1-4 employees) 368 establishments of 500 + employees Distribution of MN Establishments by Business Size
    12. 12. Very small 1-19 Small 20-99 Medium 100-499 Large 500 + 145817 145 220 718 2623 4521 12941 19210 26888 78551 Total 41045 29 46 134 527 868 2948 5167 8254 23072 Rural 104772 116 174 584 2096 3653 9993 14043 18634 55479 Urban Total Estabs 1000 or more 500-999 250-499 100-249 50-99 20-49 10-19 5-9 1-4 Region Table: Number of Establishments by Employment-size class
    13. 13. Change Policy & Technical Assistance Barriers <ul><li>We haven’t changed how we coordinate and administer on-the-ground economic & business development assistance despite the advent of powerful information gathering and matching tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use the knowledge management power of on-line tools, such as GIS mapping and enterprise portals such as BizPathways & Finance Avenue. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology’s organizing and communicating powers can reduce the cost of helping small business succeed, especially rural, more distant from service centers. </li></ul>Make better use of technology (informatics), combined with targeted face-to-face help, to change the PROCESS of business and economic development. Flip current model to favor small business support and development --- where the economic growth is!
    14. 14. <ul><li>Matches your profile to resources in your area </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive business plan templates </li></ul><ul><li>Business development task checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Email notification of new information </li></ul>www.bizpathways.org What is BizPathways? BizPathways Helps you find help even when you're not quite sure what you need to be looking for!
    15. 15. What can BizPathways users do? <ul><li>View customized content in Pathways </li></ul><ul><li>Create, save and store business plans </li></ul><ul><li>Track Progress through Pathways checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to the electronic newsletter </li></ul>
    16. 16. Who is a service provider? Anyone who provides a service, tool, or event for entrepreneurs – whether they are government, nonprofit, university, or commercial provider.
    17. 17. What can a service provider do? <ul><li>Promote organization, tool, resource, or event </li></ul><ul><li>Perform quick search to answer client questions </li></ul><ul><li>Lead clients to online business plans & more </li></ul>
    18. 18. Entrepreneurial Community Model Community Design Financial Resources Creative Capital Health Care Academy findings Entrepreneurial Community Champion Four Cornerstones Foundation of Infrastructure
    19. 19. What is an Entrepreneurial Community Champion? <ul><li>Geographic community develops an entrepreneurial culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens map and promote local business development resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Incubators develop for communities of interest for business-to-business networking and strategic alliances across sectors. </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens and service providers use BizPathways & Finance Avenue to organize and disseminate resources. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Entrepreneurial Community Champion
    20. 20. Local web-based Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway (MEG) tied into regional and statewide systems for user- to-resource matching at the most local level possible . Entrepreneurial Community Champions Individuals, teams, and communities proactively organizing and coordinating resources, creating a more supportive environment for entrepreneurship.
    21. 21. Evolution to MEG <ul><li>Blending online knowledge management with on-the-ground knowledge sharing. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Organizing System – BizPathways & Finance Avenue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementation Tool </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On-the-Ground Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial Community Champion process -- based on restructuring community mindset and support towards entrepreneurship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Policy Shifts to Support Entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reprioritizing economic development emphasis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health care insurance reform advocacy </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. MEG Background <ul><li>Three-year framework for rural economic development based on community entrepreneurship (2004-2006). </li></ul><ul><li>Born in 2003 from the BizPathways tool, expanded to include community framework for development and support. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on innovation , invention, re-imagining of community economic development for the 21 st century. </li></ul>
    23. 23. MEG at the Community Level <ul><li>Need INFORMATION, KNOWLEDGE, CONNECTIONS & RELATIONSHIPS to get to. </li></ul>Communities in TRANSITION TRANSFORMATION
    24. 24. IDEAS <ul><li>MN ENTREPRENEURIAL GATEWAY SYSTEM </li></ul><ul><li>Community informatics tools for more informed decision-making at all levels. </li></ul><ul><li>On-the ground local knowledge & connections – timely, organized and accessible. </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping & Matching & follow-thru w/ELS. </li></ul>More business success & community cohesion With MEG Before MEG
    25. 25. Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway Custom matching, tracking, continuum of care….. SORT & ASSESS CHANNEL S U C C E E D I N G E N T E R P R I S E S C O M M U N I T Y V I T A L I T Y G A T E W A Y E N T R A N C E Thousands of service providers, many options, services, where to go, when, how?
    26. 26. MEG – a Network of Networks Local Gateway County Gateway Regional Gateway MN Entrepreneur Gateway
    27. 27. MEG Outcomes <ul><li>Transform the community economic development approach to understand & support entrepreneurship – create a large & diverse pool of entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>Create a cohesive, coordinated system to access entrepreneurial resources & support at the most local level possible – on-line & on-the-ground </li></ul><ul><li>Inform state & local policy to support small business development as the primary driver of innovation and job creation </li></ul>
    28. 28. On-the-Ground Knowledge Sharing & Support
    29. 29. Online Organizing System (Knowledge Management)
    30. 30. Local, County, Regional Gateways http://nd.bizpathways.org http://www.dakotacountybizpathways.org
    31. 31. The time is right …the trends point the way… <ul><li>Convergence of Talent and Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech allows for cost efficiencies in doing the business of business development – target assistance for small business development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Desire for more Balanced Lifestyle </li></ul><ul><li>Desire for Amenities-Rich Places </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Boom Seeking Alternatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>40% of all people in business for themselves today are over 50 – leading entrepreneurial wave </li></ul></ul>
    32. 32. MEG Strategy <ul><li>Use Community and Economic Entrepreneurship as the Superstory Organizing Framework – </li></ul><ul><li>Be Enterprising in our Attitude and Actions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build on the convergence of business and education tools available through 21st century technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-invigorate and recognize Minnesota ingenuity to inspire widespread entrepreneurial leadership for the rural economy and community spirit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize and reinforce the unique role of very small businesses and their advantages using the tools of our age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create localized and statewide entrepreneurial business climate and entrepreneurial community culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change policies to support small business & entrepreneurship, especially health care insurance barriers </li></ul></ul>
    33. 34. 3,000 Business Service Providers on BizPathways database Number of providers
    34. 36. <ul><li>Resource Information for Todd County </li></ul><ul><li>OTG-DSS Inc . --- Provides web hosting, web design, electronic software distribution, and network systems support.Browerville320-594-6498ajpeters@otg-dss.comhttp://www.otg-dss.com </li></ul><ul><li>American Heritage National Bank ---- Provides loans to businesses including Lines of Credit, Commercial Real Estate Term Loans, Term equipment notes with repayment plans tailored to the asset being financed and the seasonal cash flow of the business, and Receivable and Inventory Financing.Browerville(320)594-2215 http://www.logbank.com/index.phpFirst </li></ul>
    35. 37. Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway Communities <ul><li>Part of a larger project to study ways to encourage rural community economic reinvention using 21 st century tools & strategies to make helpful connections and share risk. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadband tools to organize resources and connect users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health insurance cost-reduction strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community design strategies to bolster creativity & encourage connections </li></ul></ul>
    36. 38. Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway Communities <ul><li>Funded by W.K.Kellogg Foundation and the Minnesota State Network Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation and Minnesota Rural Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration sites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Todd County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mille Lacs Area – Mille Lacs, Aitkin, Pine (through Isle Recreation & Education Center) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Five Small Towns Project (NW Minnesota) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fargo-Moorhead Immigrant Development Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Houston </li></ul></ul>
    37. 39. Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway Pilot Communities Number of providers = Gateway pilot communities
    38. 43. What does a MEG Community look like? 1. You are open for business! Everyone knows where, how to start a business. 2. You’ve organized your community & business services online and on the ground to be more supportive of entrepreneurship as an 21 st century economic development strategy. (Broadband, health care, financial, education and design resources) 3. You recognize and lift up the economic power of small and diverse businesses in your community. 4. You instill from an early age the importance of supporting small businesses in your community and encourage entrepreneurship as an career option for your children and yourselves
    39. 44. Minnesota Entrepreneurial Gateway Communities <ul><li>Reduce transaction costs of serving & supporting small business start-up and growth – use online tools to organize resources </li></ul><ul><li>Demystify local process for starting and growing enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Share risk : Entrepreneurship becomes both an individual & community responsibility. A shared vision – a shared risk for wealth creation and sustainability. </li></ul>
    40. 45. Jane Leonard President Minnesota Rural Partners [email_address] 651-645-9403

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