Power of Empathy in Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystem -In this episode, host David Ponraj interviews Danielle Patterson, Director at SeedCore Foundation in Bakersfield, CA. Danielle oversees the Kern Initiative for Talent & Entrepreneurship (KITE), a private-public partnership focused on entrepreneurship-led economic development. Danielle has the unique ability to see the ecosystem from the support side as well as from the entrepreneur side, having tried to navigate her local support system as a business owner. She says that, as an ecosystem builder, “Communication is key. You must understand the economic makeup of the county and listen to the partners and the founders. Listening will be your biggest tool.” Organizations must work together to support the founders, she says, ”it’s not about us, it’s about them.” 

Learn more about Danielle’s work at: https://seedcorefoundation.org

Explore KITE at: www.gokite.org

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This 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 U.S. 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.

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