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Give Big, Shop Small with 12 Days of Starters

Each year during the holiday season we look forward to putting our money where our mission is: helping communities thrive through entrepreneurship. The CO.STARTERS Holiday Gift Guide was created to celebrate the growing community of starters we are proud to support, and to help anyone shop local anywhere and leverage their holiday spending to [...]

2019-11-30T10:54:03-05:00November 29th, 2019|

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community By Enoch Elwell Entrepreneurial culture is changing There’s something exciting afoot if you look through the negative national narrative on the decline of small cities and towns across the United States. Despite suffering significant economic loss which spawns a culture of grim survival, a growing [...]

2019-11-21T17:20:57-05:00November 20th, 2019|

Growing a Living Community

CO.STARTERS Summit Highlights Deepened Support for Entrepreneurial Leaders Grassroots entrepreneurial leaders from across the U.S. came together October 2–4 for the fifth CO.STARTERS Summit, held in the organization’s hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The event was an opportunity for communities supported by the growing entrepreneurial network to connect in an intimate setting to celebrate five years [...]

2019-11-15T23:17:05-05:00October 17th, 2019|

How to Have Difficult Conversations

Conversations about inclusion in ecosystem building can be difficult because they bring up issues that may become contentious and polarizing. In Part 2 of our series on Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, we have a conversation with author Meg Bolger about how the art of facilitation can make these conversations more effective and productive.

2019-09-06T10:56:40-04:00September 4th, 2019|

Including the 50+

People over 50 are likely to be overlooked as potential entrepreneurs, yet also make up a growing percentage of new entrepreneurs. A program created by AARP Foundation is helping communities tap into the potential of these founders and help them succeed.

2019-09-24T15:03:49-04:00August 16th, 2019|

Innovation as Equity: Innovate Springfield // Springfield, Illinois

“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

2019-08-16T20:50:45-04:00August 6th, 2019|

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem

Exploring the Many Roles of Ecosystem Building By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary As the ecosystem building approach to economic and community development gains interest and credibility, the title of “ecosystem builder” has emerged to represent a specific type of community leader. This title signifies important distinctions in the intended outcomes as well as the [...]

2019-07-31T11:42:00-04:00July 26th, 2019|