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


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. While they hoped to sell 200, their community rallied and bought 330.

Come Check Out a Very Important LA Tech Event on June 1st

Both Sides of the Table

Fortunately the LA tech community and Angelenos agreed! The core idea behind the event is to tap into the hacker spirit in each community in a way that leverages the latest tech and open data to strengthen our democracy and communities across the country. Teams can choose to respond to local or national data challenges, or work on their own projects that incorporate civic data and community impact objectives.


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The Post-Pandemic Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO): Creating a Model for the Economic Recovery

Carol Lauffer

Have new needs surfaced among entrepreneurs and small businesses that are not currently served in the community? A cluster focus not only leverages community strengths, but also is an efficient use of limited resources and budgets (which are expected post-pandemic). If your ESO hosted larger community events such as hackathons and entrepreneurship weeks in the past, will those events be replicated online, or will a completely new approach be required?

Improving cluster performance through entrepreneurial support programs

Carol Lauffer

Many regions and communities already have cluster studies in-hand that have identified one or several clusters present in the region or community. The options include accelerators, incubators, coworking, makerspaces, and an array of events, plus hybrids of these models. Planning helps to garner community support and avoids costly mistakes in the development process.