Economic Development through Entrepreneurship

Models for Growing Small Businesses

Our Vision

Eliminate barriers to entrepreneurial and small business success for main street businesses, women and people of color enabling them to generate wealth for themselves and the communities in which they live.

Our Mission

Help entrepreneurs gain access to the knowledge, networks and capital needed for success to be possible.

Areas of Expertise

We have expertise in creating programming to support small business development in the following areas:

  • Strengthening the business core 

  • Connecting entrepreneurs to networks of influence 

  • Breaking down barriers that limit access to capital

The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), founded in 2002, is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. We are experts in creating and implementing small business programming in support of larger economic development objectives. Our services and programs help ambitious “every day” entrepreneurs gain access to the knowledge, networks, and capital necessary to succeed in business.


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Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

550 Broad Street, 15th Floor | Newark, NJ 07102 | 973.353.0611 | @weareifel