The North Fork Valley of Delta County prides itself on its small business environment. To help bolster this vibrant community of family-owned businesses, a new partnership is currently being established between Region 10 LEAP, Inc. and the Hive. The goal is to provide technical assistance, consultation, and education at no or minimal cost to business owners.
The Hive, a new co-working space that recently opened in Paonia, is working to foster rapid growth in the creative, entrepreneurial, and small business communities of the North Fork. ”Co-working spaces have been successfully operating in urban areas all over the world for the last several years, but none exist in small (fewer than 100K people) communities,” states Hive founder Chris Yates. “Since the North Fork Valley is full of highly creative, intelligent entrepreneurs that already understand the huge benefit of resource sharing and collaboration, we thought a world class space like The Hive needed to be born. So far, it’s taking off like a rocket, and new businesses are already being created and attracted to the North Fork Valley in just a few shorts months of operation.” By providing modern technology, shared resources, nearly 6,000 square feet of renovated space, and a supportive professional network, the Hive is the center of new energy specifically targeting economic development in Paonia.
“Imagine what happens when you put highly experienced web/tech/social media experts in a room with world-class entrepreneurs, organic farmers, attorneys, non-profit community groups, business strategists and funding consultants all working together towards a common goal of helping each other for the greater good of the North Fork Valley and the rest of the world.”
Region 10 has been working tirelessly to expand its Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) services. These programs provide free business consulting for small business owners, who need assistance with business proposals, financial records, and other vital business-oriented activities. Also, coursework offering high-demand content – covering a wide variety of topics such as social media marketing, cloud technology, intellectual property rights, and much more – will be presented to the community at large. Region 10’s goal is to work with and support established community resources, such as The Hive, and provide technical support and resources to strengthen their efforts.
Yates continues, “Imagine what happens when you put highly experienced web/tech/social media experts in a room with world-class entrepreneurs, organic farmers, attorneys, non-profit community groups, business strategists and funding consultants all working together towards a common goal of helping each other for the greater good of the North Fork Valley and the rest of the world. Incredible things are happening here every day!”
Be on the lookout for updates on courses being offered and services provided as this partnership develops and strengthens. For more information about the Hive, be sure to visit their website at www.thehivepaonia.com. Also, for more information about Region 10’s Small Business Resources, please visit the following site: www.region10.net/smallbusiness.