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

Economic Impact Catalyst (EIC) Announces Their 6-Year Anniversary and Exciting Projected Growth for 2024

by | May 21, 2024 | Breaking Down Barriers,Uncategorized | 0 Comments

SEASON 5, EPISODE 9 A Celebration of the Entrepreneurial Spirit | 6 Year Anniversary of Economic Impact Catalyst! CLEARWATER, FL, Friday, May 17th, 2024 —Economic...

Driving Impact: Exploring Public-Private Partnerships with Jessica Eilerman

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

SEASON 5, EPISODE 8 Driving Impact: Exploring Public-Private Partnerships with Jessica Eilerman Join Kim Vogel from Economic Impact Catalyst as she interviews Jessica...

Charting a Course for the Future: How Rural Communities Can Thrive

by | Mar 25, 2024 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 5, EPISODE 7 Charting a Course for the Future: How Rural Communities Can Thrive In this episode of Breaking Down Barriers, we welcome Gisele Hamm, MA program...

Designing an Inclusive and Equitable Technical Assistance (TA) Process

by | Mar 13, 2024 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 5, EPISODE 6 Designing an Inclusive and Equitable Technical Assistance (TA) Process As part of the American Rescue Plan, the State Small Business Credit...

Fueling America’s Entrepreneurial Engine – A Conversation with John Dearie

by | Mar 7, 2024 | Breaking Down Barriers | 0 Comments

SEASON 5, EPISODE 5 Fueling America's Entrepreneurial Engine - A Conversation with John Dearie In this insightful discussion, Host David Ponraj speaks with John Dearie,...

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...

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Want to share how you’re empowering entrepreneurs and building community wealth? We want to hear from innovators and changemakers who are breaking down barriers and creating economic opportunity. If you’re doing groundbreaking work to support underserved communities through entrepreneurship, contact us to discuss being featured as a guest. Help us spotlight impactful initiatives and inspire more inclusive economic development.

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