Breaking Down Barriers Podcast

The Breaking Down Barriers podcast explores the opportunity to build wealth in local, regional, and national economies through entrepreneurship-led economic development. Episodes feature changemakers with innovative approaches to empowering people to start businesses that create wealth for their families and improve outcomes for their communities. Conversations highlight work being done in communities across the US to break down barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity in underserved and underrepresented communities. In this series, we share authentic stories about the impact that entrepreneurship-led economic development has on the local economy and connect a global network of passionate economic developers. 

Recent episodes

Investing in Diverse Founders: Launching an Entrepreneur of Color Fund – A Conversation with Tarsha Hearns

by | Feb 26, 2024 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 5, EPISODE 4 Investing in Diverse Founders: Launching an Entrepreneur of Color Fund - A Conversation with Tarsha Hearns In this episode, Host, David Ponraj is...

Landing Lucrative Government Contracts: A Conversation with Carroll Bernard

by | Feb 9, 2024 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 5, EPISODE 3 Landing Lucrative Government Contracts: A Conversation with Carroll Bernard In this episode, Host David Ponraj digs into the immense potential in...

Economic Housing Justice:  A Conversation with Donovan Duncan

by | Jan 22, 2024 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 5, EPISODE 2 Economic Housing Justice: A Conversation with Donovan Duncan In this episode, host David Ponraj has a no holds barred conversation with Donovan...

“The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness.” How Demographic Trends and Innovation Can Create Economic Prosperity for All Americans: A Conversation with Johnathan Holifield

by | Jan 8, 2024 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 5, EPISODE 1 “The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness.” How Demographic Trends and Innovation Can Create Economic Prosperity for All Americans: A...

How Collaboration and Investment in Entrepreneurs Drive Economic Growth: A Conversation with CO.STARTERS CEO Jose Alfaro

by | Nov 13, 2023 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 4, EPISODE 16 How Collaboration and Investment in Entrepreneurs Drive Economic Growth: A Conversation with CO.STARTERS CEO Jose Alfaro In this episode, host...

Revitalizing Main Street America Through Small Business Stories: A Conversation with Matt Wagner, Ph.D

by | Sep 22, 2023 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 4, EPISODE 11 Revitalizing Main Street America Through Small Business Stories: A Conversation with Matt Wagner, Ph.D In this episode, host David Ponraj speaks...

Tarsha Hearns on Driving Economic Opportunity for Diverse Entrepreneurs in Dallas

by | Sep 18, 2023 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 4, EPISODE 11 Tarsha Hearns on Driving Economic Opportunity for Diverse Entrepreneurs in Dallas The Dallas Entrepreneurs Center (DEC) is on a mission to...

Unlocking Hidden Talent: A Guide to Transformative Workforce Development

by | Sep 11, 2023 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 4, EPISODE 12 Unlocking Hidden Talent: A Guide to Transformative Workforce Development EIC hosted an empowering webinar on Thursday, August 10th that highlighted...

Bridging the Capital Gap: Innovative Solutions for Equitable Entrepreneurial Funding in Dallas

by | Aug 28, 2023 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 4, EPISODE 12 Bridging the Capital Gap: Innovative Solutions for Equitable Entrepreneurial Funding in Dallas In 2022, we partnered with The DEC Network to...

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