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 [...]
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 [...]
The Latinx community in the U.S. is large and growing. As entrepreneur support organizations seek to support Spanish speakers starting new businesses, they need to understand that engaging this community effectively and respectfully may require some new ways of thinking.
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 [...]
Creativity is key to innovation in rural areas. In Part 3 of our series on Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Matt Dunne from Center on Rural Innovation shares key learnings from years of work addressing the opportunity gap in rural communities.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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
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 [...]