As part of Blueprint Easthampton, the city asked SourceLink to support the mapping of Easthampton’s entrepreneurship resource programs and organizations that help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow and succeed. Those resources were compared to a taxonomy developed through work with communities across the country to uncover gaps and/or opportunities for entrepreneurial ecosystem development.
The resulting analysis provided four key findings/recommendations for Easthampton
- Easthampton has a broad array of services for different types of entrepreneurs within a 30-minute drive from city center. Work could be done to better deliver services locally.
- Entrepreneurs need to be better informed about supportive organizations (especially low cost and no cost options) locally and regionally.
- The community has a long standing, strong connection to arts-based businesses. This is a strength that should be leveraged.
- Early stage funding is not as robust as we’d expect for a community this size.
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