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Creating Connections for Struggling Businesses through the Refocus Workshop

How Pasco EDC's SMARTstart used the CO.STARTERS Refocus business recovery workshop to reach unsupported entrepreneurs in their community and connect them to vital support.

Soul Care for the Ecosystem Builder

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 […]

December 19th, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies, Starter Support|

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

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 number of communities are beginning to break […]

November 20th, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies, Resource, Starter Support|

Supporting Latinx Entrepreneurs Means Building Relationships of Trust

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.

November 6th, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies, Starter Support|

How to Have Difficult Conversations

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.

September 4th, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies, Starter Support|

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem

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 type […]

July 26th, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies, Resource, Starter Support|

New Resources from National Partners

CO.STARTERS is in a unique position, supporting starters with tools for launching, supporting grassroots leaders all over the country and around the world with curated resources and tools to build better community support systems for starters, and collaborating with national partners to encourage ecosystem building.

Here are a few new resources […]

March 29th, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies, Starter Support|

Tips for Getting Starters Unstuck

By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary

You spend a lot of your time helping new entrepreneurs get started, and you know this problem when you see it. An email pops up from a small business founder, asking you for more help with the same problem you talked about last week. They can’t seem to make any progress. You want […]

January 30th, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies, Starter Support|

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 […]

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