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Black Dreams Matter, Every Day

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Meet Nine Black Business Starters Who are Paving the Way for Dreams. This month in the U.S. we marked Juneteenth, a day where we celebrate freedom and fight for progress.

Our Economy is Moving from the Industrial Age to the Connected Age. Here is What that Really Means.

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By Enoch Elwell. Beneath the tragedy and turmoil of 2020, there is a clear cry for something new. There is a cry to remove the social infrastructure that makes getting quality healthcare and relief from a raging pandemic often impossible.

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Good News from Small Business in the Time of COVID-19

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Nevertheless, We Rise. We at CO.STARTERS are in the trenches right now with the entire small business support community, slogging through red bottom lines, loan application purgatory, and a constant barrage of not-so-good news. What keeps us going? The fact that it’s not all bad news.

An Insider’s Guide to Getting Grants

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Tips For Grant Writing to Fund Your Community Work. by Rebekah Marr, CO.STARTERS Director of Operations & Programs. Finding funding is one of the biggest issues identified by community builders.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

CO.STARTERS Launches New Initiative Focused on Small Business Recovery

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A five-step Road to Recovery framework to help entrepreneurs adapt now and for the future. CO.STARTERS has always been about helping entrepreneurs get unstuck. In fact, since 2008 we’ve guided more than 12,000 aspiring business owners through the process of launching or growing their ventures.

What is a Starter?

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Why talking about “starters” more than “startups” can change the way you view entrepreneurship. 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?

Fighting for our Soldiers: Action Zone // Tampa, Florida

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The military community is among the most neglected special interest groups in America—Veterans are disproportionately at risk for mental health disorders, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury as compared to the rest of the population.

Moving Your Small Business Online

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What you need to do (and what you don’t) to sell in a digital world. COVID-19 has brought tech-stress to an all-time high among many entrepreneurs.

Bridging the Rural Opportunity Gap

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Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Part 3. This article is the third in a three-part series covering sometimes overlooked aspects of inclusion in entrepreneurial ecosystem building. Part one considers age inclusion.

Growing your Startup? Find the Right Startup Financing for Your Capital Needs

Entrepreneurs are facing unprecedented circumstances right now. The capital choices you make will have a lasting impact on the trajectory of your company. Knowing the right questions to ask and how to compare your options is vital to making the best decisions. Download the Startup Finance Playbook to learn more.

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

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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.

We Talked to 150 Entrepreneurs

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Here’s What We’re Learning about How to Survive. by David Kraus. Last week, Jose Alfaro led the CO.STARTERS team in hosting a series of virtual roundtables for entrepreneurs who feel stuck due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Give Big, Shop Small with 12 Days of Starters

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Each year during the holiday season we look forward to putting our money where our mission is: helping communities thrive through entrepreneurship.

This Simple Tool Could Save Your Business

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Reimagining Your Venture with the CO.STARTERS Canvas. Not ideal” would be an understatement for these times. If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, you’re probably pretty scared right now, and understandably.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Soul Care for the Ecosystem Builder

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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.

ESHIP Year Three: From Inspiration to Action

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More than half of our CO.STARTERS national team (8 out of 15!) just returned from the third annual ESHIP Summit in Kansas City a few weeks ago.

Supporting Latinx Entrepreneurs Means Building Relationships of Trust

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A note about the “Latinx” term: As a national organization, CO.STARTERS prefers to use the broadest, most inclusive term but recommends that local organizations learn which term is preferred by their local population—possibly Latinx, Latino, Latina, Hispanic, or a specific nationality—and use that term. The Latinx community in the U.S.

Starter Story: Dan Fowler // Reunion Shoe Co.

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“CO.STARTERS isn’t about making a plan to set in stone—it’s much more about giving you the tools you need to make a plan. They’re all necessary tools, the basic building blocks an entrepreneur needs.”. Dan Fowler // Reunion Shoe Co. Supported by Launch Nola.

Debt Financing Fuels Your Growth - on Your Terms. Zero Dilution.

The landscape of startup financing is changing. Learn why SaaS founders are turning to debt capital options like revenue-based financing.

Straight Talk about SBA Loans

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And how to manage your cash flow right now as a small business. Although some businesses have seen the relief offered by the CARES Act—particularly the Paycheck Protection Program SBA loans—many small businesses have been left wondering if their application is even being considered. .

Five Years of Transformation

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By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary. CO.STARTERS recently passed the five-year mark as a company, representing more than a decade of learnings in what is now known as “ecosystem building” support.

Serving the Underserved: The Commons on Champa // Denver, Colorado

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“If you’re starting up, start here.” . This is The Commons on Champa’s invitation to underserved leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in the Denver area. Awaiting the Denver starter is a sequence of programming designed to streamline the success of each entrepreneur—no matter where they come from, what resources are at their disposal, or what their abilities are. . Starters are invited to begin with Will it Fly?,

New Resources from National Partners

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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.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Including the 50+: Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Part 1

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By Rich Bailey. This article is the first in a three-part series covering sometimes overlooked aspects of inclusion in entrepreneurial ecosystem building.

Challenging Underestimation Through Teenpreneurship Y.E.S. // Dade City, Florida

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It all started with a kumquat festival. Sammy Ortiz, who had lived in Wesley Chapel, Florida for 11 years, was en route to the community bonanza with his family when he missed a turn due to traffic. Lost in an area of town he’d never been to, he gaped at what befell his eyes. “It

Addressing the Gaps: Auckland University of Technology // Auckland, New Zealand

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“There is a gap in Auckland that we are trying to fill.” . Sabrina Nagel is the CO.STARTERS Program Director (or “Dot Connector,” as she is reverently called by her colleagues) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Growing a Living Community

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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.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem

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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.

Serving the Underserved: The Commons on Champa // Denver, Colorado

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“If you’re starting up, start here.” . This is The Commons on Champa’s invitation to underserved leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in the Denver area.

Networks vs. Nodes: Developing New Business Models for the Connected Age

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By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary.

There’s More to Funding than Grants

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Other Ways to Fund Your Nonprofit Idea. by Rebekah Marr, CO.STARTERS Director of Operations & Programs. 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. .

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

Building a Front Door for Entrepreneurs through a Wayfinding Program

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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.