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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, , resident June Holley resolved to help the local 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 become mature ventures.

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