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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 [...]

Soul Care for the Ecosystem Builder

2020-03-13T15:56:40-04:00December 19th, 2019|Features, Tips|

Shining a light on burnout among entrepreneurs and the people who support them Burnout is not a new topic for the business world. The nature and risks of employee burnout have been extensively researched in relation to large corporations. Burnout among entrepreneurs has only recently started receiving more attention. A recent study reported in [...]

What is a Starter?

2019-12-13T14:05:40-05:00December 13th, 2019|Features|

How changing our words might change the way we work with entrepreneurs. By Enoch Elwell Words are powerful, and they shape our perception of reality. But how much can the perception of one word impact the activities associated with it? In recent years, the idea of entrepreneurship has become more popular than ever. There [...]

Give Big, Shop Small with 12 Days of Starters

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

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 [...]

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

2020-03-13T15:56:27-04:00November 20th, 2019|Features, Resource, Tips|

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 [...]

Supporting Latinx Entrepreneurs Means Building Relationships of Trust

2020-03-13T15:57:10-04:00November 6th, 2019|Features, Tips|

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.

Growing a Living Community

2020-01-24T09:45:03-05:00October 17th, 2019|Features, News|

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 [...]

How to Have Difficult Conversations

2020-03-13T15:57:36-04:00September 4th, 2019|Features, Tips|

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.