Entrepreneurial Places

About Us

Leslie A. Scott is the founder of Entrepreneurial Places LLC

Leslie is an economic development strategist and a lifelong student of place-based economics, public policy, program design, research and evaluation.  A few accomplishments include:
  • Creation of N.C. Business Resource Alliance, still active after 12 years with the motto "No Wrong Door" for those starting or growing a business
  • Chaired the N.C. Entrepreneurship Summit (2007-2013)
  • Creation of self-employment programs that have created over 500 jobs in rural North Carolina, and the programs are still active
  • Resource and financing guides, entrepreneurship summits, camps and competitions, enabled by Kellogg Foundation grant (2005-08)
  • 2001 Strategy still relevant and used in Greater Fayetteville NC 
  • 2004 Strategic Plan clusters still relevant 12 years later in western NC
  • Incubator and other demonstration oversight, 25 grantees (2004-2013)

Leslie has helped many communities to reflect on relevant data and then activate strategy to grow clusters of profitable businesses.  She can speak to many different audiences about realistic starting points and best market opportunities. She knows the pitfalls to avoid as well as the ingredients of strong ecosystems for small and medium businesses in many sectors.  One key ingredient is a diverse public-private leadership team committed to the economic future of the place. 

Leslie is a partner in the Certified Entrepreneurial Communities program of Creative EDC.  She is also a longtime colleague of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.

Leslie has a bachelor's in economics from Colgate University, a master's in public administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a certificate from the national Economic Development Institute. Her work history includes Associates for International Research, RTI International, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, and the N.C. Rural Center.  She serves on the board of the Kerr Terr Regional Economic Development Corporation.  

As principal Leslie partners with other consultants, and sometimes university students, to bring the right expertise to your place. Entrepreneurial Places calls on people with deep knowledge of manufacturing, technology, tourism, local food systems, health care, the arts, and social entrepreneurship in several states

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