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Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities (E Communities)
 
 
 
In a regional effort to increase locally based entrepreneurship, four West Virginia communities have embarked on this three-year initiative to advance their local economies through small businesses, along with two other teams in Eastern Kentucky and Southeastern Ohio. The effort: (1) supports local community teams in connecting with and surveying local businesses, mapping internal and external business resources, and identifying business needs to increase venture success and (2) provides technical assistance for businesses (both in one-on-one and workshop format), development of a resource network, and provides business and community portfolios to be housed within the community for program sustainability. In addition to community coaching and technical assistance for participating communities, the program provides a quarterly newsletter of business and community accomplishments, including stories from all four West Virginia communities, insights from program creator’s Deb Markley and Don Macke from the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, comments and quotes from community coaches, and stories from other participating states. The VISTA will develop and implement measures to promote and ensure successful implementation of this program for creating (1) better community-based support for entrepreneurs, (2) celebration of their success, (3) capacity to tackle challenges, and (4) a culture where entrepreneurship can flourish. As a result of the VISTA member’s service, these communities will have potential sectors identified and resources to support implementation for needed entrepreneurship growth and development.
 
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Member Duties : The E Communities VISTA member will build the capacity of the communities enrolled on the West Virginia Community Development Hub’s Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities program (E Communities), specifically serving in Lincoln and Boone Counties. The VISTA will develop and implement measures to promote and ensure successful implementation of this program for creating (1) better community-based support for entrepreneurs, (2) celebration of their success, (3) capacity to tackle challenges, and (4) a culture where entrepreneurship can flourish. As a result of the VISTA member’s service, these communities will have potential sectors identified and resources to support implementation for needed entrepreneurship growth and development. The VISTA will conduct media outreach, learn and implement community coaching skills, and (most importantly) work with community teams to build program sustainability.
 
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Entrepreneur/Business ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach . 
 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Research ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Business/Entrepreneur . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities (E Communities)

Program Start/End Date
12/01/2018  -   11/30/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WEST VIRGINIA  

Accepting Applications
From  07/27/2018  To  10/31/2018 

Contact Kathryn Ryan
424 Shrewsbury St
Charleston   WV   25301
(304) 552-2680
k.ryan@wvhub.org
wvhub.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 83007


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