Our Solution

Entrepreneurship as an economic and community development tool

Entrepreneurial Season

This program exists to build and strengthen the current entrepreneurial culture of vulnerable communities through direct revenue growth and developing skill sets needed to maintain success.

  • Instilling values of community development and transformation inside every entrepreneur that we equip.
  • Creating viable businesses that employs the unemployed making it hard to fail as entrepreneurs in our city.
  • Creating strategic partnerships and alliances that unite under the banner of revitalization.
  • Equipping business leaders with the skills necessary to succeed.
  • Championing coaching opportunities for people who desire to start a businesses.
  • Providing safe environments where entrepreneurs can innovate.

Southeast COS Revitalization Project

Thrive Colorado Springs aims to better equip the next generation of entrepreneurs. New entrepreneurs or current business owners who care about growing deep roots in Southeast Colorado Springs, with the specific intent to give the most vulnerable part of Colorado Springs an opportunity to THRIVE as a healthy community.

  • Thrive Colorado Springs aims to better equip the next generation of entrepreneurs who care about growing deep roots in Southeast Colorado Springs, with the specific intent to give the most vulnerable part of Colorado Springs an opportunity to realize its full economic potential.
  • We equip entrepreneurs to thrive by helping them start their businesses and uplifting their surrounding communities.
  • We exist to strengthen the new and current entrepreneur culture in the Southeast community through direct revenue growth and developing the skillsets needed to maintain success.
  • We are proud to be fighting rising crime rates with opportunity and know-how rather than mass incarceration.
The Thrive Network was established out of the necessity for community revitalization and safety. With growing impoverishment, THRIVE uses entrepreneurship as a economic and community development tool to restore prosperity to at-risk communities.

THRIVE: The Hope Respect Innovation and Value of Entrepreneurship

Creating opportunities for at-risk communities means less crime, lower incarceration rates, and a better economy.
By raising household incomes we can reduce crime rates in the community.
When household incomes increase from less than $7,500 to $25,000, domestic violence rates are reduced by over 51%.

New Growth of Entrepreneurship and Business Transforms a Community!

There was a case study in Memphis Tennessee:

In 2011, Memphis focused on removing blight and reviving their Frayser and South Memphis communities with economic development initiatives in partnership with crime prevention programs.

After the 2 year mark:
  • South Memphis saw a 50% decrease in robberies, non- domestic aggravated assault, and homicides.
  • Frayser saw a 22% reduction in these same criminal activities.
For those re-entering society after incarceration, most times entrepreneurship is their best option for building a quality life for themselves and their families.

If you can’t find a job, make a job!

Taj Stokes

THRIVE is dedicated to helping those formerly incarcerated thrive in their communities by learning new trades with partnered businesses or by becoming entrepreneurs themselves.