By Tobin Buckner, JumpStart Akron Entrepreneurial Community Manager, for Crain’s Cleveland Business
Akron has long been known for its historic connection to invention and innovation. But for the past year and a half, there has been a concerted effort around the idea that strong entrepreneurial activity (new startups, growing small businesses, job creation, etc.) depends heavily on a strong entrepreneurial support system.
According to Jason Segedy, director of planning and urban development for Akron, we are witnessing the beginning stages of “the end of big.” The era of big corporations, big governments and big regions seems to be giving way to a renewed sense of place-making throughout the United States. People want to feel connected to their local “core” community again. That means now is a better time than ever to ensure our entrepreneurial ecosystem is ready to lend knowledge and other resources to entrepreneurs and small business owners that call our community home.
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