Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities

Pathway to Prosperity

By Don Macke, Deb Markley and John Fulwider: In this follow-up to their first book (Energizing Entrepreneurs), the authors offer tools and resources to help communities create a supportive ecosystem for their entrepreneurs. 196 pages. ©2014. | Available formats: Book

How to Make Your Community's Economy Sizzle

A Handbook for Reshaping Your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Creating Jobs in the Process

By Jim Schell: This book will help you reshape your community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Author Jim Schell, an entrepreneur himself, covers how to build an environment for entrepreneurs to succeed and create jobs. You’ll learn how to find the... 92 pages. ©2017. | Available formats: Book

How to Raise $500 to $5000 from Almost Anyone

By Andy Robinson: Billed as a “1-hour guide,” this book teaches readers how to effectively ask for money and handle being told “no.” 109 pages. ©2011. | Available formats: Book

Local Dollars, Local Sense

By Michael Shuman: Michael Shuman explains how moving your money from Wall Street to Main Street is a sound business decision –– not just for the investor, but for the future and vitality of our communities. 249 pages. ©2012. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

The Local Economy Solution

How Innovative, Self-Financing "Pollinator" Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity

By Michael Shuman: Growing evidence has proven that economic development's current cornerstone — incentives to attract large businesses — is a dead end. This book suggests an alternative approach: nurture a new generation of enterprises that help local... 248 pages. ©2015. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

The Small-Mart Revolution

How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition

By Michael Shuman: The author makes an engaging case for why supporting small business makes good economic sense and is the only real long-term solution for the health of our communities and our nation. 285 pages. ©2007. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

The Town That Food Saved

How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food

By Ben Hewitt: For a group of young agri-businessmen in a small Vermont town, buying local could be a ticket to economic stability. The book describes their efforts to nurture a healthy local food system, which has drawn national... 256 pages. ©2010. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Toward One Oregon

Rural-Urban Interdependence and the Evolution of a State

By Michael Hibbard, et al.: The evolution of Oregon’s economy has followed two distinct tracks—the rural path and the urban one. A series of essays examines this history from varying viewpoints. 175 pages. ©2011. | Available formats: Book