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Interest Groups: Rural Entrepreneurship SIG


Why Rural Entrepreneurship: There has been a steady increase in research papers, presentations and charrettes/challenges in the area of rural entrepreneurship and programming at USASBE. Some of the people we met at the 2019 and 2020 conferences that were interested in this topic resided outside of the business school. Rural entrepreneurship and economic development are of interest at all levels of the university and the community. This could lead to increased membership, a more diverse audience outside of the b-schools, and potential opportunities for special issues in scholarly journals. The Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy recently included a special issue on the topic. One of the co-editors is not in the business school. This topic will attract educators at many levels, economic developers, public administration researchers and higher-level administrators at universities. This is a topic which could also attract grant money.

Why ECU: East Carolina University’s Miller School of Entrepreneurship is committed to rural entrepreneurship and uniquely position to become a national leader in this field. ECU’s Brody School of Medicine is a leader in rural medicine. ECU’s College of Education is a leader in rural education. Eastern North Carolina is the home of ECU and is one of the most rural regions in the country. We understand the unique opportunities in rural areas. We have already compiled a list of rural entrepreneurship and development researchers to announce the launch of the SIG.

Our Commitment: ECU Miller School will commit to leading this effort (Dennis Barber III & Michael Harris) and provide the necessary funding to make it a success for the first two years. This would include support for a conference reception for launching the SIG and sponsoring an annual conference award. The award will be $1,000 and the details of this are yet to be determined. This could be a paper, program level or best practices award. The Miller School, as a host for the Journal of Small Business Strategy, will also push for a special issue on rural entrepreneurship.

Improve the success rates and reputation of rural entrepreneurship through research, practice, programs and pedagogy.



Increase the quality and quantity of presentations at the USASBE Conference
Increase the visibility of the Rural Entrepreneurship Interest Group
Increase membership in the Rural Entrepreneurship Interest Group
Identify and promote Rural Entrepreneurship Programs
Encourage and promote Rural Entrepreneurship research
Foster economic development through rural entrepreneurship


Our mission is to engage multiple stakeholders in the process of building, supporting and sustaining rural entrepreneurship. These stakeholders may include researchers, practitioners, economic developers, policymakers and administrators. A wide variety of perspectives is important to develop effective rural entrepreneurship initiatives, and USASBE is a great meeting place for these stakeholders. With a team-centered approach, the practice, study and discussion of rural entrepreneurship will be a driver of economic development.

Dennis Barber III, PhD
Miller School of Entrepreneurship
East Carolina University


Whitney Peake, PhD
Vitale Professor of Entrepreneurship
Western Kentucky University


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Tim Hatten joined the group Interest Groups: Rural Entrepreneurship SIG.
Posted Friday, July 31, 2020
Brett Orzechowski joined the group Interest Groups: Rural Entrepreneurship SIG.
Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Paul Kinghorn joined the group Interest Groups: Rural Entrepreneurship SIG.
Posted Monday, June 29, 2020
Debra Conrad joined the group Interest Groups: Rural Entrepreneurship SIG.
Posted Monday, June 29, 2020
Michael L. Harris joined the group Interest Groups: Rural Entrepreneurship SIG.
Posted Monday, June 15, 2020
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