​​​​​​​About Us 

Leslie A. Scott is the founder of Entrepreneurial Places LLC

She is a strategist in place-based economics, program design, research and evaluation.   She loves working with communities of all sizes that care about assisting and retaining their local business owners.  Her work history includes RTI International, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, and the N.C. Rural Center.

Leslie is also an entrepreneurship educator and connector, trained as an Ice House facilitator and familiar with dozens of educational programs.   She has a bachelor's in economics from Colgate University, a master's in public administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, and national certificates from the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and the Economic Development Institute.  She serves on the board of the Kerr Terr Regional Economic Development Corporation.  

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


I took the Ice House Entrepreneurial Mindset course this summer with Leslie Scott and Duncan Smith as facilitators. The course presented real-life entrepreneurs and their struggles and strategies for success. It encouraged participants to reflect on their own mindsets and to apply the lessons from the class to their own individual projects.  Leslie was adept at establishing both structure and flexibility for the class sessions; she kept the focus on the course content and the participants’ contributions while also offering her own insights. The course was a valuable experience, both professionally and personally, and I would encourage others to take it.  

- Laura Stiles, Athens Regional Library System, GA

Leslie, thank you for your thoughtful work product and helping us evolve our thinking (and ambition) on how we might consider advancing high potential entrepreneurial ambition in our state’s rural communities. I feel fortunate for the opportunity to collaborate on this work.  --Thom Ruhe, CEO, NC IDEA Foundation


Leslie helped us write a winning proposal for a project to build an online store for Native artists in North Carolina.  She interviewed several artists, wrote profiles about them and their tribes, and coordinated feedback from a beta test group for the early store.  The store, www.AIM-NC.com​​​​​​​, lives on and could be a model for other states.    --Tony Hayes, former director, N.C. Indian Economic Development Initiative

​​​​​​​Leslie has a rare set of skills – she is someone with an understanding of entrepreneurship that comes from deep experience working in university settings, nonprofit settings and as a practicing entrepreneur. That breadth of experience gives her deep insight, and a perspective that can help a wide variety of groups, no matter where they are located. -- Mr. Leslie Boney, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues, N.C. State University

Leslie is really good at seeing the big picture and generating ideas.  -- Crystal Morphis, Founder, Creative EDC

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