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A Community Service

When growing your business helps the local economy.

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This story appears in the May 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It might surprise you to find the Appalachian region home to a thriving entrepreneurial networking hub. After all, the area is often perceived as economically depressed.

In 1985, Athens, Ohio, resident June Holley resolved to help the local economy and launched the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, or ACEnet, with some colleagues. This nonprofit organization's three incubators for men- and women-owned companies help more than 100 food businesses become mature ventures.

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