Episode 9: The Importance of a Robust Entrepreneurial Ecosystem with Kristin Slice of Peoria Forward
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Kristin Slice is an ecosystem builder who’s the Senior Program Manager of Peoria Forward. It’s an ambitious grant-funded project that aims to develop the West Valleys entrepreneurial ecosystem and to integrate Arizona State University‘s (ASU) robust international resources directly into local communities. 

Kristin is also an entrepreneur having run multiple businesses both in marketing and communications consulting. She’s an alumnus of ASU and earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Texas A&M University.

In this episode…

You’re in a crowd and you’re warming yourself up to strike up a conversation with a potential investor or business partner, but hold on a second and ask yourself, have you done the research you need to make the conversation interesting? Are you capable at that very moment to connect with a person not just for business purposes but really making a connection that will leave a lasting and (hopefully) positive impact? For Kristin Slice, preparing yourself for every ask you make and building rapport with the people you talk to is crucial in paving the way for your success. And this is why your ask needs to start from the very basic: the desire to learn and to ask the right questions.

Kristin Slice is the Senior Program Manager at Peoria Forward, and she has seen and heard all the different kinds of asks you can think of. She has seen people have astounding ideas but fail to make a connection with key people for their businesses, and she has also seen people make the little asks they do work towards the completion of their goal.

In this episode of What’s Your Ask, Stephanie discuss with Kristin the value of research and shared community knowledge in order to create a strong and robust ecosystem for entrepreneurs, the risks of conversing just for the sake of conversing, the power of surrounding yourself with the right people and the right information, and the work that Peoria Forward is doing to help the entrepreneurs of West Valley thrive and grow. Stay tuned.

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