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Camelina: Biofuel for thought

Thanks to its agrarian roots, the Arkansas Delta has a surprisingly strong tradition of small business entrepreneurship. That enduring heritage may soon find renewed vitality, thanks to a breakthrough green energy technology, a group of enterprising family farmers, and a gutsy local development...

Camelina: Biofuel for thought

Thanks to its agrarian roots, the Arkansas Delta has a surprisingly strong tradition of small business entrepreneurship. That enduring heritage may soon find renewed vitality, thanks to a breakthrough green energy technology, a group of enterprising family farmers, and a gutsy local development...

Come on UP: The Great Waters fine!

Not long ago, typical visitors to Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula drove up from the Detroit area to visit family or friends, maybe fish or hunt a little. After a decade of local collaboration, new visitors are streaming in from all over to visit The Great Waters—and to explore a world-class...

Come on UP: The Great Waters fine!

Not long ago, typical visitors to Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula drove up from the Detroit area to visit family or friends, maybe fish or hunt a little. After a decade of local collaboration, new visitors are streaming in from all over to visit The Great Waters—and to explore a world-class...

Clean and lean: 
Building wealth... efficiently!

Appalachian Kentucky, where coal has long been king, is a region looking for new economic engines. An unconventional mix of energy efficiency upgrades, creative financing and unprecedented partnerships is now bringing low-income residents, utility companies, shopkeepers, community service...

Clean and lean: 
Building wealth... efficiently!

Appalachian Kentucky, where coal has long been king, is a region looking for new economic engines. An unconventional mix of energy efficiency upgrades, creative financing and unprecedented partnerships is now bringing low-income residents, utility companies, shopkeepers, community service...

Back to the future:
 Food, farms and renewal

The Deep South has a strong agricultural history, but too many resources are concentrated in the hands of a few. Now a group of African American farmers in Mississippi and Alabama are banding together to access larger markets, engage young people and redefine farming as a path to prosperity....

Back to the future:
 Food, farms and renewal

The Deep South has a strong agricultural history, but too many resources are concentrated in the hands of a few. Now a group of African American farmers in Mississippi and Alabama are banding together to access larger markets, engage young people and redefine farming as a path to prosperity....

Wealth from forests: Doing wood right

Early attempts to encourage a viable green construction materials industry in Central Appalachia fell short of the mark. But a new social enterprise is showing success, thanks to a decentralized business model that offers a win-win for everyone involved—especially the region’s small, family-...

Wealth from forests: Doing wood right

Early attempts to encourage a viable green construction materials industry in Central Appalachia fell short of the mark. But a new social enterprise is showing success, thanks to a decentralized business model that offers a win-win for everyone involved—especially the region’s small, family-...

Rethreading a textile heritage: One stitch at a time

A robust textile manufacturing industry once supported generations of artisans and their communities in western North Carolina. But the last two decades have seen mills close, jobs lost and lives changed due to outsourcing. Now, a unique collaboration between a worker-owned firm, an innovation...

Rethreading a textile heritage: One stitch at a time

A robust textile manufacturing industry once supported generations of artisans and their communities in western North Carolina. But the last two decades have seen mills close, jobs lost and lives changed due to outsourcing. Now, a unique collaboration between a worker-owned firm, an innovation...

Individual value chain materials

Delta Sun Biodiesel Business Plan

Business plan developed by alt.consulting for Delta Sun Biodiesel Company

Delta Sun Biodiesel Business Plan

Business plan developed by alt.consulting for Delta Sun Biodiesel Company

Farm to Fuel

A video by Arkansas State University MidSouth on the DeWitt County biodiesel micro-refinery 

Farm to Fuel

A video by Arkansas State University MidSouth on the DeWitt County biodiesel micro-refinery 

How-tos

The eight capitals

A simple one-pager that lists the eight capitals.

The eight capitals

A simple one-pager that lists the eight capitals.

Strategies for lasting livelihoods: An example

A simple one-pager for addressing low-income livelihoods in a development project.

Strategies for lasting livelihoods: An example

A simple one-pager for addressing low-income livelihoods in a development project.

Thinking ownership and control: Types and examples

A simple one-pager listing the different types of ownership and control strategies.

Thinking ownership and control: Types and examples

A simple one-pager listing the different types of ownership and control strategies.

Harnessing local energy: An energy retrofits example

A simple one-page example showing how a development professional may assess the interests of diverse players in a regional development project.

Harnessing local energy: An energy retrofits example

A simple one-page example showing how a development professional may assess the interests of diverse players in a regional development project.

Potential partners in an organic tomato soup value chain: An example

A simple one-pager giving an example of the partners in an organic tomato soup value chain.

Potential partners in an organic tomato soup value chain: An example

A simple one-pager giving an example of the partners in an organic tomato soup value chain.

Wealth-building investment: An example

A simple one-pager showing how a development professional might gather investment in a value chain and build wealth in the process.

Wealth-building investment: An example

A simple one-pager showing how a development professional might gather investment in a value chain and build wealth in the process.

Formalizing Your Business: A WealthWorks Guide for Coordinators and Coaches

This guide is one of two pieces written to assist WealthWorks value chain coordinators or coaches in working with businesses and demand partners that are part of WealthWorks value chains. This guide is designed to walk readers through one of the most important legal issues that affect small...

Formalizing Your Business: A WealthWorks Guide for Coordinators and Coaches

This guide is one of two pieces written to assist WealthWorks value chain coordinators or coaches in working with businesses and demand partners that are part of WealthWorks value chains. This guide is designed to walk readers through one of the most important legal issues that affect small...

WealthWorks Value Chain Business Law Guide: A WealthWorks Guide for Coordinators and Coaches

This guide is one of two pieces written to assist WealthWorks value chain coordinators or coaches in working with businesses and demand partners that are part of WealthWorks value chains. This guide is written to assist WealthWorks coordinators, coaches, and participants in anticipating common...

WealthWorks Value Chain Business Law Guide: A WealthWorks Guide for Coordinators and Coaches

This guide is one of two pieces written to assist WealthWorks value chain coordinators or coaches in working with businesses and demand partners that are part of WealthWorks value chains. This guide is written to assist WealthWorks coordinators, coaches, and participants in anticipating common...

Building Rural Wealth Through Inclusive Business: a Primer on Private Sector Engagement for Community Impact

The final report from the Red Mantra Group on Building Wealth Through Inclusive Business is now available. Inclusive Business is an approach to economic development in which one or more large corporations are the primary demand partners. For corporations that see it in their self-interest to...

Building Rural Wealth Through Inclusive Business: a Primer on Private Sector Engagement for Community Impact

The final report from the Red Mantra Group on Building Wealth Through Inclusive Business is now available. Inclusive Business is an approach to economic development in which one or more large corporations are the primary demand partners. For corporations that see it in their self-interest to...

Private Sector Engagement Toolkit

The Private Sector Engagement Toolkit helps users think about how they will connect with the demand side of the markets they are in. The Toolkit is designed to help WealthWorks value chain coordinators as well as individual businesses within a value chain. The Toolkit focuses on why and how to...

Private Sector Engagement Toolkit

The Private Sector Engagement Toolkit helps users think about how they will connect with the demand side of the markets they are in. The Toolkit is designed to help WealthWorks value chain coordinators as well as individual businesses within a value chain. The Toolkit focuses on why and how to...

Keeping Wealth Local: Shared Ownership and Wealth Control for Rural Communities

Resources do not represent community wealth unless communities own and control them. This report introduces the concept of shared ownership, then describes and explores various models, looking at strengths, weaknesses, the range of applications, expertise required, and sources of assistance.

Keeping Wealth Local: Shared Ownership and Wealth Control for Rural Communities

Resources do not represent community wealth unless communities own and control them. This report introduces the concept of shared ownership, then describes and explores various models, looking at strengths, weaknesses, the range of applications, expertise required, and sources of assistance.

A Wealth Building Framework to Do Economic Development Differently

A brief overview of the WealthWorks wealth building framework components.

A Wealth Building Framework to Do Economic Development Differently

A brief overview of the WealthWorks wealth building framework components.

Telling Your WealthWorks Story: Guide for Storytellers

A guide to help practitioners tell their wealthbuilding story using the WealthWorks framework

Telling Your WealthWorks Story: Guide for Storytellers

A guide to help practitioners tell their wealthbuilding story using the WealthWorks framework

Building Your Stock of Wealth

A description of stocks and flows of capital

Building Your Stock of Wealth

A description of stocks and flows of capital

Spider Diagram: Assessing Wealth in a Sector

A tool for conducting a preliminary assessment of capitals in a sector

Spider Diagram: Assessing Wealth in a Sector

A tool for conducting a preliminary assessment of capitals in a sector

Value Chain Mapping and Identifying Opportunities

A tool for generating a preliminary map of a value chain

Value Chain Mapping and Identifying Opportunities

A tool for generating a preliminary map of a value chain

Engaging Low-Income Partners in a Value Chain

A presentation that covers ways low-income partners can be engaged in a value chain

Engaging Low-Income Partners in a Value Chain

A presentation that covers ways low-income partners can be engaged in a value chain

Hints for Productive Conversations with Demand

A guide for conversations with potential demand partners in your value chain

Hints for Productive Conversations with Demand

A guide for conversations with potential demand partners in your value chain

Roles of the Coordinator Team

The Coordinator Roles Handout describes some of the roles that these coordinating entities can and do play

Roles of the Coordinator Team

The Coordinator Roles Handout describes some of the roles that these coordinating entities can and do play

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats Tool

The SWOT Handout offers useful instructions for completing a SWOT analysis with a twist—organizing your analysis by multiple forms of capital

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats Tool

The SWOT Handout offers useful instructions for completing a SWOT analysis with a twist—organizing your analysis by multiple forms of capital

Guide for Organizing a Prosperity Summit

These guidelines will help you create a leadership team, identify an economic sector to focus on during the Summit, and get the right people to the Summit. We also share some logistical information to help with your planning.

Guide for Organizing a Prosperity Summit

These guidelines will help you create a leadership team, identify an economic sector to focus on during the Summit, and get the right people to the Summit. We also share some logistical information to help with your planning.

Sample Prosperity Summit Agenda

A sample agenda to help as you plan your own Prosperity Summit

Sample Prosperity Summit Agenda

A sample agenda to help as you plan your own Prosperity Summit

Sample Prosperity Summit Facilitator's Agenda

A sample facilitator's agenda to help as you plan your own Prosperity Summit

Sample Prosperity Summit Facilitator's Agenda

A sample facilitator's agenda to help as you plan your own Prosperity Summit

Place-Based Investing for Resilient Rural Development

This study is the fourth in a series of WealthWorks papers focused on financing rural value chains. It helps value chain practitioners understand emerging opportunities to tap into new place-based forms of finance, across a wide spectrum ranging from crowdfunding to Slow Money, to community...

Place-Based Investing for Resilient Rural Development

This study is the fourth in a series of WealthWorks papers focused on financing rural value chains. It helps value chain practitioners understand emerging opportunities to tap into new place-based forms of finance, across a wide spectrum ranging from crowdfunding to Slow Money, to community...

Measuring Rural Wealth Creation: A Guide for Regional Development Organizations

The Measuring Wealth Creation guide introduces concepts of measuring progress in rural wealth creation for regional development organizations that are involved in a range of community and economic development within their regions. Although this guide is intended to help measure the work of a...

Measuring Rural Wealth Creation: A Guide for Regional Development Organizations

The Measuring Wealth Creation guide introduces concepts of measuring progress in rural wealth creation for regional development organizations that are involved in a range of community and economic development within their regions. Although this guide is intended to help measure the work of a...

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