Blogs

Jumping Generations in the Land of Opportunity: West Virginia

Jumping Generations in the Land of Opportunity: West Virginia

Reversing the cycle of generational poverty is the grand challenge of our time here in West Virginia. Generational poverty ensues when two consecutive generations of a family...

April 08, 2021
The Leap from Failure to Success: Why Entrepreneurs Should Test Their Assumptions

The Leap from Failure to Success: Why Entrepreneurs Should Test Their Assumptions

Recent data paints a clear picture of the critical role small businesses play in our economy. There were over 33 million small businesses in the United States in 2020. This...

March 03, 2021
Look Closer: Appalachia’s New Economy is Emerging

Look Closer: Appalachia’s New Economy is Emerging

The organization I founded in 2010, Coalfield Development, has been a leader in modeling what a new, more sustainable, and more fair Appalachian economy can look like. As the...

February 03, 2021
Designing Life Decisions

Designing Life Decisions

Each day we make hundreds of decisions. Some of these decisions are simple, like what will you eat for breakfast...

October 22, 2020
Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

As a professor who teaches entrepreneurship for a living, I’m often asked the question, “Are entrepreneurs born or made?” It reminds of a similar question...

October 20, 2020
Why Social Enterprise is Not Well Understood in the United States

Why Social Enterprise is Not Well Understood in the United States

Social enterprise is not well understood here in the United States and especially not here in the rural Appalachian region where I work...

October 23, 2019