Rural “Enterprise Development Intermediaries”

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Report highlights the unique role intermediaries play in the development process in rural communities.

The purpose of this report is to examine four program intermediary organizations (organizations that primarily use the management and development of ongoing programs to achieve their goals), all suggested by the Ford Foundation, which focus primarily on enterprise development. Four organizations examined in this report are Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI), the Center for Community Self-Help (CCSH), First Nations Development Institute (FN), and Southern Development Bancorporation (SDB)–were selected as among the most mature rural intermediaries engaged in enterprise development. Findings point to entrepreneurial leadership, skilled dedicated staff, and stable funding as similarities of success among intermediaries interviewed.

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group