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In this special two-part episode, host David Ponraj is joined by collaborators Philip Berkaw and Samira Cook Gains. Berkaw is Program Director of the Center for City Solutions at National League of Cities, an advocacy organization with more than 2,400 member cities. Samira Cook Gains, is Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform lives and communities through entrepreneurship and business development. The two guide us through practical strategies for implementing new policies, programs and practices that increase economic opportunity through small business ownership and entrepreneurship.

Learn more about NLC at: www.nlc.org
NLC Resources for Entrepreneurship: Roadmap
Learn more about Rising Tide Capital at:  www.risingtidecapital.org

About Breaking Down Barriers
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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Breaking Down Barriers is a presentation of Economic Impact Catalyst and is hosted by David Ponraj with production and editing by Jacqui Dietrich and Lauren Bernard with voice talent by Antoine Long. Please rate, review, and subscribe to Breaking Down Barriers, available for free wherever you listen to your podcasts!

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