By Brad Whitehead, Fund for Our Economic Future
A little more than a decade ago, our community was embroiled in a great chicken-or-egg argument over entrepreneurship. The enthusiasts claimed the region had amazing, latent entrepreneurial prospects and all that was needed to unlock them was sufficient, local early-stage capital. The skeptics (you know who you are) countered that capital wasn't the issue. Northeast Ohio simply lacked attractive investment opportunities. Show me the nine-figure opportunity I missed, they would say. Leave town was the best advice you could give to an entrepreneur at the time.
Guess what? It turns out it was the chicken after all.
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