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There’s More to Funding than Grants

2020-03-16T09:59:16-04:00March 13th, 2020|Features, Resource, Tips|

Other Ways to Fund Your Nonprofit Idea by Rebekah Marr, CO.STARTERS Director of Operations & Programs Finding funding is one of the biggest issues identified by community builders. This article is the first in a series focusing on practical ways for nonprofits to sustain their work. Grant cycles.  If you [...]

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 [...]

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.

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.