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An Extension Case Study In Institutional Innovation: Microfinance Intermediary Formation, Mark A. Edelman Apr 2015

An Extension Case Study In Institutional Innovation: Microfinance Intermediary Formation, Mark A. Edelman

Economics Publications

An institutional innovation process led by Extension created a statewide microfinance intermediary. The intermediary provides business technical assistance and microloans to entrepreneurs having difficulty securing conventional credit but having workable business plans. The process included (1) gathering indicators of a problem; (2) formation of a steering committee of relevant interests to study the concerns; (3) a search for alternative solutions and assessment of probable consequences; and (4) emergence of an institutional strategy for addressing gaps. A business plan was implemented over 5 years. The collaboration created new opportunities on multiple levels for Extension problem-solving impacts and outcomes.


Bridging The Gap Between Entrepreneurship Education And Small Rural Businesses: An Experiential Service-Learning Approach, Linda S. Niehm, Ann M. Fiore, Jessica L. Hurst, Youngji Lee, Amrut Sadachar Apr 2015

Bridging The Gap Between Entrepreneurship Education And Small Rural Businesses: An Experiential Service-Learning Approach, Linda S. Niehm, Ann M. Fiore, Jessica L. Hurst, Youngji Lee, Amrut Sadachar

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Publications

This paper provides theory-based practical applications and concepts underlying the development of experiential service-learning projects for university students majoring in retailing and hospitality management. The goal of the service-learning projects was to enhance students ' entrepreneurial identity and entrepreneurial management competencies through the development of comprehensive business sustainability plans and makeovers that integrate competitive, brand-building, and experiential marketing strategies for small rural businesses in the Main Street program. The service-learning projects were also designed to enhance student entrepreneurial self-efficacy, create awareness of opportunities in rural communities, and improve the entrepreneurial performance of rural businesses. Assessments of the service-learning projects confirmed their ...


Technology Integration: What's Your Next Step, Amy C. Hutchison Jan 2015

Technology Integration: What's Your Next Step, Amy C. Hutchison

Education Publications

Technology integration continues to be an important educational topic. This importance is evidenced by the inclusion of digital technology in the Common Core State Standards, the continuing research on achievement gaps that exist for online reading ability based on income inequality (Leu, Forzani, Rhoads, Maykel, Kennedy, & Timbrell, 2014), the way that digital technology is increasingly a part of the way that children learn to read and write, and the way that digital technology is part of the literacy practices the children see modeled in their homes (Beschorner & Hutchison, 2013). The integration of digital technology is especially relevant and important for ...