Community Stories

Serving the Underserved: The Commons on Champa // Denver, Colorado

2020-06-24T22:39:34-04:00March 18th, 2020|Community Stories, Features|

From providing a tech hub to those without access to technology, to workshops designed to engage female entrepreneurs, to offering our very own CO.STARTERS Core program to the city, The Commons on Champa truly embodies the CO.STARTERS mission.

Building a Front Door for Entrepreneurs through a Wayfinding Program

2020-03-13T15:56:52-04:00February 27th, 2020|Community Stories, Features, Tips|

CASE STUDY The Company Lab Chattanooga, Tennessee By launching a Wayfinding program for early-stage entrepreneurs, The Company Lab (CO.LAB) positioned themselves as the front door for entrepreneurs in their community and created a pipeline into their additional programs, including CO.STARTERS. CO.LAB is now conducting over 200 Wayfinding meetings [...]

Challenging Underestimation Through Teenpreneurship: Y.E.S. // Dade City, Florida

2019-10-15T22:18:37-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Community Stories, Features|

“CO.STARTERS Generator was the only option left standing, given [my] needs for accessibility. The modular nature of Generator was especially appealing, and the bright, colorful layout of the binder was a bonus too.”

Innovation as Equity: Innovate Springfield // Springfield, Illinois

2020-06-24T22:37:44-04:00August 6th, 2019|Community Stories, Features|

“CO.STARTERS has been great for us to meet our community where it is. We were running our own program before, and members who found the old program frustrating had their lightbulbs go off when they went through CO.STARTERS.” -Sarah Beth Ayers, Business Incubation Program Coordinator at Innovate Springfield

Putting Microlending into Practice: A Community Case Study

2020-03-13T15:58:32-04:00January 16th, 2019|Community Stories, Features, Tips|

By Rich Bailey Many small businesses believe that bank loans aren’t a viable financing option for them. However, there is a lesser known but well established option that is much more accessible — the microloan. Lending in small amounts to businesses that cannot qualify for a traditional bank loan is not a new idea. Modern microlending — also known [...]