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Putting Microlending into Practice: A Community Case Study

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 [...]

2019-01-30T23:07:26+00:00January 16th, 2019|

Proximity Space: How to Build Up Entrepreneurial Communities

Last month Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Visionary and CEO, shared with the Proximity Space community about ecosystem building, the Chattanooga story, and the unique niche that CO.STARTERS has found to help and support communities to be their best. Enoch explained how amid the cultural shift we are currently experiencing—moving from the industrial age to the age [...]

2019-01-30T22:57:35+00:00January 8th, 2019|

12 Days of Starters: Give the Gift of Small

Celebrate 12 Days of Starters, Nov. 24 through Dec. 5 CO.STARTERS celebrates starters this holiday season by urging everyone to shop small! Give the gift of small and shop local anywhere from the convenience of your couch while you leverage your holiday gift purchases to support starters and the communities they—and you!—call home. Starting [...]

2018-11-24T10:18:38+00:00November 23rd, 2018|

Matchmaking for Ecosystem Builders

These days, CO.STARTERS is bubbling with new projects. We’re in the midst of a long-term shift from primarily supporting starters through programs to a broader mission of cultivating entrepreneurial ecosystems by connecting and empowering community builders with a wider spectrum of support. Ecosystems are the ground in which starters grow and are, in turn, shaped [...]

2018-11-04T09:25:46+00:00October 25th, 2018|

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 [...]

2018-11-07T16:58:26+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 [...]

2018-11-04T09:27:39+00:00December 12th, 2017|