Communities nationwide offer extensive, on-the-ground resources to help entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. However, many entrepreneurs don't know they exist, or if they do, they don't always know which ones are right for their business, right now.
The Commons on Champa hopes to change that for Denver entrepreneurs.
This past fall during Denver Startup Week, the Commons on Champa, a new, first-of-its-kind public, private and nonprofit partnership that is a catalyst for economic development in Denver, published the Denver Entrepreneurial Resource Roadmap and launched the Resource Navigator.
The roadmap (a snippet is pictured above) was produced in partnership with U.S.SourceLink and JPMorgan Chase & Co., as part of its Small Business Forward initiative. The roadmap provides entrepreneurs with an in-depth matrix of entrepreneurial resources that serve startups, established businesses and everyone before, after or in between. Download the Denver Entrepreneurial Resource Roadmap.
With the Resource Navigator, that list of resources becomes dynamic. Resource Navigator is an online, interactive database that connects entrepreneurs to the right resources for their business stage, industry and need. Entrepreneurs answer just a few questions on the left and the Resource Navigator filters resources to their needs and offers those resources to them either in a list or map view. Startups can use it to find assistance in launching a business in Denver and can come back as they grow to find help when they need to hire their first employee, find funding for expansion, seek mentors, refine their strategic marketing plans and more. Try out the Denver Resource Navigator.
Learn more about the Commons on Champa and its impact in its first six months of operation, including how it benefitted 11,569 people through more than 150 programs.