Grand County Economic Development Launches
CO.STARTERS Rebuild Program to Help Small Businesses Recover
Grand County Economic Development is now accepting applications for CO.STARTERS Rebuild, a 10 session, live-facilitated virtual program that helps small businesses impacted by COVID-19 refocus, stabilize, and build toward long-term recovery. Up to twenty businesses will be selected to participate.
Entrepreneurs who participate in the CO.STARTERS Rebuild program will be able to confidently move forward with actionable next steps for their business, identify creative solutions, find both short-term and long-term financial stability, and adapt in an uncertain environment. Participants will work with a certified facilitator and dedicated group of peers in a series of 2.5 hour virtual sessions, covering topics that help them adapt and remodel their business to meet changing customer needs. The program uses a simple e-learning platform and live-facilitated video sessions that stream to any computer or mobile device, as well as a physical binder to help participants work through the content offline between sessions.
The Rebuild program is part of a five-step small business “Road to Recovery” framework created by CO.STARTERS, an international entrepreneur support network with more than a decade of experience supporting successful entrepreneurs. CO.STARTERS Rebuild uses a proven model to guide small business owners through effective business modeling methods in a simple and intuitive way, while connecting them to a supportive community of peers and mentors.
Rebuild in Grand County will be hosted by Grand County Economic Development (GCED). The Grand County Board of Commissioners formed the department in June of 2012. Since then, GCED has built a thriving community of local leaders who work to retain, expand, and attract businesses in the county. Valued at $550, the Rebuild program is being offered during this challenging time to local businesses, entrepreneurs, and freelancers in Grand County for a reduced rate of $75, thanks to the generous support of Freeport MacMoran. The 10-session CO.STARTERS Rebuild program will begin in September and meet weekly, the actual schedule depends on the participants’ preferences.
GCED is offering this program in partnership with Freeport MacMoran in order to support local businesses during these unprecedented times with the COVID-19 disruption in life and business as usual. This program will help businesses refocus, stabilize and recover. There is a commitment of time and energy, as well as the discounted rate of $75 that is required to successfully complete the program; however, the potential payback is unlimited.
Small businesses are a major economic driver for local economies and have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, but often do not receive the same level of support as larger employers. With the Rebuild program, CO.STARTERS aims to narrow that gap.
“With many small business owners across the country feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and alone, we built Rebuild and the Road to Recovery model to cut through the debilitating flood of information and resources and help entrepreneurs find confidence to take the first steps toward recovery through these uncertain times,” said Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder. “This framework, support group, and set of curated resources provides business owners with the knowledge, confidence, and connectedness to take decisive action when it matters most.”
CO.STARTERS helps individuals and communities thrive through entrepreneurship by equipping them with strategy, tools, and relationships. Building on initial grassroots efforts with small business starters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the CO.STARTERS network now has an international reach with thousands participating in its programs annually. Since 2008, CO.STARTERS has equipped more than 690 local leaders across 200+ communities, helping more than 12,000 starters move forward with their ventures. From the beginning, CO.STARTERS has pioneered a community-based approach to economic development, and has played a leading national role in increasing small business success and growing entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Refocus Monday 9/14 @ 5-7pm MST
Rebuild begins Monday 10/5, every Monday except November 23rd.
Session 1- 10/5
Session 2 – 10/12
Session 3 – 10/19
Session 4 – 10/26
Session 5 – 11/2
Session 7 – 11/9
Session 8 – 11/16
Thanksgiving week 11/23
Session 6 – 11/30
Session 9 – 12/7
Session 10 – 12/14