The Thrive Network

The number of high-poverty neighborhoods in the U.S. has nearly tripled from 1,100 to 3,100.
43% of Americans can’t pay for food or rent.
We’re on a mission to create opportunity and restore community and economic development.
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We empower communities with education by providing the knowledge and expertise necessary for new and existing entrepreneurs to launch their own success and THRIVE as individuals as well as members of their community.


We raise movers and shakers to see problems in their communities as opportunities and to become the entrepreneurs that birth solutions. Entrepreneurship addresses environmental challenges and creates innovation that inspires socio-economic goals.


Entrepreneurship and the growth of new small business create jobs as well as the quality of services. These economic opportunities uplift and support communities through increasing the quality of life and overall standard of living.

Knowledge and Awareness lead to Action!

The nation’s economic crisis has deeeply affected the lives of millions of Americans. Skyrocketing foreclosures and job layoffs have pulled the rug out from under many families, particularly those living in low-income communities.

Deepening poverty is inextricably linked with rising levels of homelessness and food insecurity/hunger for many Americans and children. We urge the city’s and anyone able to be aware and active in creating opportunities to restore the community and economy.

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poverty in the U.S.

The number of people living in high-poverty neighborhoods has more than doubled, from two million to four million, in the last 40 years. The number of high-poverty neighborhoods has nearly tripled, from 1,100 to 3,100 since then as well. It is clear that poverty is a growing epidemic and something needs to be done.

Economic Development through Entrepreneurship

Our organization focuses on breaking barriers to success and teaching individuals to create opportunity in their community through the growth of new businesses.

Southeast Colorado Springs Revitalization Project

The Southeast Community in Colorado Springs, CO is an underrepresented and struggling community. It holds 42% of the cities poor children and 34% of all poor residents. The unemployment rate in SE COS was 12% in 2015 compared to 9% in the rest of the city. The community is plagued with rising crime rates and violence and is known as a “dessert” of quality food, services, and employment options. Our project is dedicated to restoring economic health through new business growth and entrepreneurship as well as offering an alternative to public safety, that works!


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Opportunity is in the hands of people just like you. All people deserve access to basic necessities and value of services within their communities as well as the opportunity to create success and thrive as individuals. This is your invitation to take action!

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