This research was conducted to contribute to existing literature on small business resource needs in rural Appalachian areas by replicating a much larger study, “The Role of Rural Public Libraries in Small Business Economic Development in the Appalachian Region: A Case Study in Tennessee” (PLSB-TN), which has been published in several reports largely credited to the work of Dr. Bharat Mehra. Using instruments from the original study, qualitative and quantitative data were collected in an economically distressed, at-risk, and transitional county of a state neighboring the pilot site. Ultimately, this replication did not find a clear connection between stakeholders in the distressed county, but did find a connection between stakeholders in the at-risk and transitional counties.
|Advisor:||Bivens, Judy, Patterson, Alice E.|
|School:||Trevecca Nazarene University|
|School Location:||United States -- Tennessee|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Library science, Regional Studies, Entrepreneurship|
|Keywords:||Appalachian region and culture, Business resources toolkits, Replication study, Rural public libraries, Small business, Varying Appalachian economies, Mehra, Bhrat|
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