Telling Your Story


E Story Library – Examples of stories of successful entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial communities prepared over time by the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship that can be used as models for telling the story of your success.

Creating an Entrepreneurial Appalachian Region – A research report that highlights both qualitative and quantitative outcomes of a 10 year initiative of the Appalachian Regional Commission that may give you insights into measures to track for your work.

Websites with Data Resources – The following websites are good examples of providing ready access to secondary data you can use to make the case in your communities:

  • Indiana Stats has data for all counties in the U.S.
  • Headwaters Economics is a nonprofit independent organization that focuses on the west but has an impressive database that generates written reports for all U.S. counties.
  • is a service of the Edward Lowe Foundation and provides access to data measuring economic activity in counties across the country.