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Entrepreneurship Outreach Network

The Entrepreneurship Outreach Network is a collaborative network of libraries and economic development organizations that support entrepreneurs and small business owners in their communities across the country. The collaborators in the Network provide community members with access to continuing education in entrepreneurship, mentors, service providers, and other community-based resources for current and aspiring small-business owners. 

Each Entrepreneurship Outreach Network site consists of three partners:

  • Library: Libraries have long been trusted hubs of knowledge. They are public spaces where all people are welcomed, regardless of socio-economic background. Libraries are places for learning and knowledge, critical competencies for entrepreneurs. Libraries have access to both online and print resources that can serve entrepreneurs as they learn more about the craft of starting a business. Library staff help emerging entrepreneurs to research their business market and industry. In many communities, libraries serve as the community center and provide valuable educational programming for both adults and youth.
  • Economic Development Organization: Economic Development partners are interested in job creation and stimulating the local economy. They have the relationships and content knowledge about what it takes to start and grow a business venture. They understand the particular resources, strengths and opportunities of the local market. Economic Development partners are valuable mentors to entrepreneurs and can connect entrepreneurs to a larger business owner network and opportunities to access additional training and capital.
  • Arizona State University (ASU): As a New American University, Arizona State University is guided by eight design aspirations that influence its growth and transformation. Among these guiding principles are a deep commitment to valuing entrepreneurship in all forms, transforming society, and being socially embedded. True to these design principles, ASU has been working to address gaps in our local and national entrepreneurship ecosystem. Working with libraries and economic developers allows us to impact diverse communities across the country.

 

Member Spotlight

Mesa THINKspot
Mesa THINKspot is a collaborative workspace and makerspace within the Red Mountain Branch of the Mesa Public Library. It is a place where hobbyists and people of all ages come to tinker, create, take-apart, and learn about new things, ranging from electronics to crafts. THINKspot also provides programs to support rising entrepreneurs to start their business. They offer ASU Start Up School in a collaboration with faculty from Mesa Community College. Recently they held a well-attended event called “I Can Do It! So Can You!” where local business owners shared from their experience the lessons learned about running a business. The advice presenters gave to participants included: Choose partners you can work with over the long haul, get ready for long days, do it if it's your passion and don't start a business just to get rich quick.

The Hive at the Burton Barr Library
The Hive’s mission is to offer every entrepreneur and small business owner the tools they need to start and grow their dream. The Hive, located at the Phoenix Public Library, partners with Arizona Women’s Education and Entrepreneurship (AWEE) to provide a range of programming, including the popular Business Roadmap series. One of the program’s graduates is Imelda from Imelda’s Happy Tamales. Imelda's Happy Tamales proudly uses organic ingredients and hires qualified individuals who are also survivors of domestic violence.
 
The Coworking Oasis
The Coworking Oasis is the first co-working center in Yuma County. Programming started in April 2015 with the help of the Arizona State University Entrepreneurship Outreach Network, Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation and Small Business Development Center. The Coworking Oasis is continually evolving to support the Yuma’s unique community which has seasonal population changes, a fluctuating job market, heavy agricultural roots and business focus, an international trade port and ethnically diverse population. To tackle these unique demographics and conditions, the library partnered with local economic development groups and the ASU EON to provide professional training tools and a proven teaching system to prepare community members for entrepreneurship and small business development.

The Coworking Oasis is heavily invested in helping anyone who go through our doors. One of those individuals is Regiane Johnson, Owner & Baker for the Sweet Doce Brazil café located inside the Yuma County Main Library. Regiane worked with the Small Business Development Center and participated in library programming before starting her own business with the library. Her business has been open since October 2015 and gets weekly help from the Small Business Center on Tuesdays as a way to check up on her progress. You can find information about her business here.

 
 

Current Members

Arizona

Apache Junction, AZ
Apache Junction Public Library
1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119

Buckeye, AZ
Downtown Branch
310 N. 6th Street
Buckeye, AZ 85326

Buckeye, AZ
Coyote Branch
21699 W. Yuma Rd. 
Buckeye, AZ 85326

 

Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde Community Library
130 Black Bridge Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Gilbert, AZ
Southeast Regional Library – Gilbert
775 N. Greenfield Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234

Glendale, AZ
Main Library
5959 W. Brown St.
Glendale, AZ 85302

 

Goodyear, AZ
Goodyear Branch Library
14455 Van Buren Street, Suite C101
Goodyear, AZ 85338

Lake Havasu, AZ
ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City
100 University Way
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Mesa, AZ
Mesa Public Library- Red Mountain Branch
635 North Power Road
Mesa, Arizona 85205

 

Phoenix, AZ
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Scottsdale, AZ
Civic Center Library
3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Tempe, AZ
Tempe Public Library
3500 S. Rural Road
Tempe, Arizona 85282

 

Yuma, AZ
Yuma County Main Library
2951 S. 21st Dr.
Yuma, AZ 85364

 

Nevada

Washoe County, NV
Downtown Reno Library
301 S. Center Street
Reno, NV 89501

New Jersey

Burlington County, NJ 
Burlington County Library
5 Pioneer Boulevard
Westampton, NJ 08060

Wisconsin

Portage County, WI
Portage County Main Library
1001 Main Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Application Requirements

ASU requires libraries and economic development organizations to form partnerships prior to applying to the Network.
 

Network guide
Terms & expectations
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Contact Info
480.727.1353
outreachnetwork@asu.edu