Jonathan Coleman, Co-Executive Director, ASSETS
Briefly tell us why supporting entrepreneurs is so important for a community to thrive.
If our entire community is going to rise together, all segments of our community, need to be able to tap into the economic growth. For that to happen we need to help support the launch and growth of businesses that are owned by local residents who represent all demographics and neighborhoods of the City. This is one important component of ensuring that the wealth that this City creates stays home, to the benefit of the residents of the City.
What is the Entrepreneurship Coalition?
The Entrepreneurship Coalition has brought together the primary resource providers for entrepreneurs to collaborate more effectively and efficiently. Our goal as a coalition is to see the entrepreneurial community continue to thrive in Lancaster and to ensure that the resources that the individual coalition members provide are providing the maximum benefit to the greatest number of entrepreneurs. The Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forum is a great example of collaboration and shared programming amongst coalition members, to provide outstanding resources and inspiration to local entrepreneurs. Also, the Cultivate Lancaster website has an array of resources for local entrepreneurs.
What is next for the Coalition?
The Coalition will become more and more proactive in setting shared goals and working together to solve problems for local entrepreneurs. We have made great progress in aligning our programs, but active engagement toward setting shared goals—on a collective level and for individual entrepreneurs—is our next step. The shared “need financing” inquiry form on the Cultivate website is a great example of this. Members will receive those forms and decide together what the plan should be to meet the capital needs of the entrepreneur.