14th Annual North Country Symposium

“The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship: Creating a Supportive Environment”

Eben Holden Conference Center, St. Lawrence University
Held on April 25th, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Supported by St. Lawrence University’s Ellen C. Burt ’42 Endowment for North Country Education

At the 14th annual North Country Symposium, North Country stakeholders convened to explore how the region can diversify and strengthen its economy by creating an environment that identifies, develops, and supports entrepreneurs.

Participants worked together to:

  • Consider a framework for an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports the many faces of entrepreneurship.
  • Understand the region’s development opportunities.
  • Identify key stakeholders, entrepreneurial talent, and resources.
  • Make connections between communities, entrepreneurs, and what is already working within the region.
  • Establish concrete actions that should be taken to create the supportive environment.

The event featured:

  • Dr. Deborah Markley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
  • A panel of Regional Entrepreneurs providing insights from the field.
  • Spotlight presentations by regional stakeholders on existing initiatives.

The schedule for this event, including presenters, can be reviewed here.

Background Information for 2016 North Country Symposium:

  • Dr. Markley and her colleagues at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship performed extensive background research in preparation for the 2016 North Country Symposium.  Visit this site to review reports, data, stories, and tools.
  • Click here to view Dr. Markley's PowerPoint presentation.
  • Letter to 2016 North Country Symposium Participants - Dr. Deborah Markley
  • Check out this story by David Sommerstein, reporter for North Country Public Radio, about the 14th annual North Country Symposium: Building an ecosystem of entrepreneurs in the North Country.