Grassroots business development program hosts Kremmling session
Ryan Summerlin September 12, 2013
KREMMLING — The Grand Enterprise Initiative is planning a public information session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce office in Kremmling.
The public information session follows the monthly enterprise initiative resource team meeting, set for 6:30 p.m.
The Grand Enterprise Initiative started in 2012 as the Granby Enterprise Initiative, but as the broader county’s interest became apparent, the management team decided to expand the reach of the program to the entire county. Currently the program has three clients in Kremmling with more than 35 active clients county wide.
The Grand Enterprise Initiative offers free and confidential business management coaching to anyone wanting to start or expand businesses in Grand County. The Grand Enterprise Initiative Enterprise Facilitator Patrick Brower provides the business development coaching.
“I enjoy working with business owners and entrepreneurs who want to improve their lives by fulfilling their entrepreneurial dreams,” Brower said. “I do this by helping them build a team that will help them succeed.”
People can learn more at the information meetings or by going to grandei.org.
Funding for the program comes from public and private sources, with 2013’s funding coming from Grand County, Granby, Winter Park and Kapoks. The Grand Enterprise Initative is a division of Kapoks, a Colorado-based 501(c)3 nonprofit founded by Marise Cipriani, the owner of Granby Ranch.
Kapoks’ mission is to empower communities to reach their full potential through economic development and promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit. The Kapoks website is Kapoks.org.