The Making of a Marketplace

By David Kraus For the past two years, CO.STARTERS has had the privilege of collaborating with the Kauffman Foundation in the launch of the ESHIP Summit—a place for entrepreneurs, resource providers, and ecosystem builders to come together and share ideas, including the various resources they use to support their communities. The first ESHIP gathering in [...]

2018-08-29T16:23:08+00:00August 29th, 2018|

CO.STARTERS Sparks Connection Across New Zealand

By David Kraus It all started in October, 2013 when Chorus, a New Zealand telecommunications company, launched a competition. Dubbed “Gigatown” as a nod to Chattanooga’s “Gig City” moniker, the competition challenged New Zealand cities to realize the potential of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) technology for renewing the methods of New Zealand’s education and business [...]

2018-06-27T17:31:56+00:00June 26th, 2018|

Sharing the CO.STARTERS Way with the Startup Champions Network

We believe that the work we do as the CO.STARTERS community goes much deeper than increasing the success of local businesses. As we work together with local starters, community leaders, governments, institutions, and state and national decision-makers, we have the opportunity to reframe the narrative regarding the role of business in society. Across the CO.STARTERS [...]

2018-05-03T15:54:51+00:00April 30th, 2018|

Stages of Community Growth

By Enoch Elwell 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 number of communities are beginning to break free of the past in an [...]

2018-05-03T15:54:09+00:00February 26th, 2018|

Shop Small Business, Shop CO.STARTERS

By David Kraus Finally. The time has arrived for holiday music to flood through the ceiling speakers of  local shopping malls, unleashed from its eleven-month-long hibernation. And that means one thing--you have shopping to do. It can be immensely difficult, especially during the holiday season, to peruse shelves and online catalogs without feeling like you’re [...]

2018-09-18T22:53:00+00:00December 12th, 2017|

Our Common Vision

At this year’s CO.STARTERS Retreats, we conducted a visioning exercise aimed at getting to the heart of our work’s shared purpose. Participants were prompted to consider their community becoming a national success story for creating a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem by 2025. Working in pairs, then small groups, and then all together, we discussed and created [...]

2017-10-30T16:32:38+00:00October 30th, 2017|

Why is CO.STARTERS Doing Retreats This Year?

Q & A with Enoch Elwell Why is CO.STARTERS doing retreats this year instead of the normal Summit? After going to countless conferences and summits over the years, I’ve found that the most lasting value from these events is the relationships formed with fellow attendees. The things that stick with me are the conversations in [...]

2017-09-20T15:24:03+00:00August 25th, 2017|

A Look Back at the ESHIP Summit

In June, CO.STARTERS’s founder Enoch Elwell joined 400 community leaders from across the country for the inaugural ESHIP Summit in Kansas City. The ESHIP Summit is a 3-day gathering organized by the Kauffman Foundation, a leading philanthropic investor in entrepreneurship in the United States. The Summit was designed to bring ecosystem builders from across the country [...]

2017-09-20T15:24:03+00:00June 30th, 2017|