GRANBY - The Granby Enterprise Initiative has announced that it plans to expand its grass-roots economic development effort to all of Grand County.
The management board for the Initiative decided in October that its Enterprise Facilitator Patrick Brower would be offering free and confidential business management coaching for new and expanding businesses throughout the county, according to statements from the Granby Enterprise Initiative released on Tuesday.
"This way we can help aspiring entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams from Kremmling to Winter Park, from Grand Lake to Parshall," said Marise Cipriani, a board member for the Initiative and founder of Kapoks, the nonprofit that helps fund the effort. Kapoks is devoted to building communities by nurturing entrepreneurs.
"We initially kept our area to the Granby region largely in respect of our funders," said Jynnifer Pierro, president of the board for the Granby Enterprise Initiative. "But in our first eight months we've learned there's demand from across the county and for our program to continue to grow its success, we need to serve all of the county."
Board members for the Initiative and Brower have been talking to chambers of commerce members and directors, town board members, county commissioners and other community leaders about the board's decision to go county-wide.
The name of the Granby Enterprise Initiative would be changed to the Grand Enterprise Initiative and its management board and resource board would be modified to include the new and expanded coverage area for the initiative.
The Grand Enterprise Initiative follows the methodology of enterprise facilitation in working with its clients. Enterprise facilitation is a one-on-one business management coaching program developed by the Sirolli Institute. It has been used around the world for the last 20 years in Australia, New Zealand, Wales, Canada and across the United States. The Granby Enterprise Initiative is the first enterprise facilitation project in Colorado.
The current management board for the Granby Enterprise Initiative consists of Granby Mayor Jynnifer Pierro, Marise Cipriani and Kyle Harris of Granby Ranch, Granby Town Manager Wally Baird and Grand County Commissioner Nancy Stuart.
To learn more about the Granby Enterprise Initiative, go to Kapoks.org, the nonprofit umbrella organization that helps fund enterprise facilitation in Grand County. Brower can be reached by calling 970-531-0632 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.