IEDC Announces New Credential, Entrepreneurship Development Professional, and Corresponding Courses
New free webinar on supporting entrepreneurship and economic growth debuts Friday, May 14.
WASHINGTON - May 12, 2021 - PRLog -- The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest nonprofit association for professional economic developers, has launched its newest credential, the Entrepreneurship Development Professional (EDP).
The EDP credential is designed to build the foundational skills of those supporting entrepreneurship in their communities. Through real-world experience, training courses, and the passing of a rigorous exam, EDPs learn how to help their communities thrive in this unprecedented time and how to lead them through a post-pandemic recovery.
"We started to have the conversation about creating a specialized entrepreneurship-
Along with the EDP credential, IEDC has developed two new training courses that debuted in April: "Introduction to Entrepreneurship-
"The post Covid-19 economic recovery offers unique challenges to communities of all sizes," said Maria Meyers of SourceLink, a partner in IEDC's development of the new curriculum. "We are thrilled to have worked with IEDC to develop this dynamic and practical training to help entrepreneurship-
As part of this week's 2021 Economic Development Week celebrations, IEDC will host a free webinar, "The Importance of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems - Building a Supportive Entrepreneur Environment in Your Community," to provide additional information about the EDP designation and the impact of entrepreneurship on economic development.
To earn the EDP credential, candidates must first qualify with at least two years of experience in economic development or entrepreneurial support. Candidates must then fulfill a mix of core course requirements, including the aforementioned new EDP courses, and electives before applying for, and passing, the final exam.
The EDP credential and the two new EDP courses would not be possible without support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Economic Development Administration, and partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City SourceLink.
"The Economic Development Administration continually seeks out ways to build the capacity of economic development professionals,"
To learn more or to register for the EDP credential, visit iedconline.org.
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