The THRIVE Network was established in 2015 out of the necessity for community revitalization due to growing impoverishment. THRIVE is a non-profit organization that uses entrepreneurship as an economic and community development tool to restore prosperity to at-risk communities. Our focus is on developing new entrepreneurs as well as better equipping the current entrepreneurial culture in the community by teaching and helping develop skillsets needed to maintain success in all stages of business; bringing opportunity and ability to lift their communities.
We take entrepreneurs through a one year intensive program that provides them with hands on EDUCATION, MENTORSHIP, MINDSET COACHING, NETWORK BUILDING, and OVERALL TRAINING ON THE INS & OUTS OF BUSINESS OWNERSHIP.
Statistics show: with the growth of new small businesses to an area comes more jobs, innovation and prosperity to all citizens including low income families, women, and minorities. This also proves as an effective form of public safety. Higher levels of household income are associated with lower rates of domestic violence and other violent crimes.
Creating opportunity means lowering crime rates, lowering incarceration levels, and restoring economic growth.
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. In 2018 THRIVE Network was awarded the Transforming Safety Grant Award from the Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. The Executive Director/ Co-Founder of THRIVE, Taj Stokes, was named the community voice for the Southeast Colorado Springs. THRIVE has now introduced (blank) new entrepreneurs/ business owners into the community and aiding in creating (blank) amount of jobs, with the expectation of an additional (blank) new social impact concepts by the summer of 2019. Community involvement from our city’s leaders is pertinent to the revitalization project now more than ever, and we thank you for your aid in supporting this vision of opportunity and economic growth.