Episode 16

Published on:

13th Nov 2023

How Collaboration and Investment in Entrepreneurs Drive Economic Growth: A Conversation with CO.STARTERS CEO Jose Alfaro

In this episode, host David Ponraj and CO.STARTERS CEO Jose Alfaro discuss the power of collaborations between economic developers, entrepreneurs, local leaders, and other partners to drive economic growth. They share success stories from Nashville, Sioux Falls, and beyond, highlighting how CO.STARTERS initiatives create the infrastructure, culture, and investment needed to attract businesses and revitalize communities. Their conversation emphasizes the importance of supporting diverse entrepreneurs and investing in local leaders who understand small town needs. Alfaro also provides insights on building sustainable revenue sources for entrepreneurship programs through partnerships. Tune in to hear inspirational examples of how collaboration and entrepreneurship can reimagine economic development.


CO.STARTERS is a ten-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving business.

Learn more: https://www.costarters.co/about

About Jose

Jose Alfaro stands out as an experienced leader with a proven track record of building sustainable and thriving business models on a large scale. His distinctive strength lies in recognizing and nurturing the unique gifts and strengths of individuals, enabling him to form cohesive and goal-oriented teams. At the helm of CO.STARTERS, Jose places a strong emphasis on empowering individuals to pursue their entrepreneurial passions, leading a global effort to transform the very culture of entrepreneurship. His leadership journey is marked by a dedication to building strong, sustainable communities and businesses.

Connect with Jose: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jose-m-alfaro/

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About the Podcast

Breaking Down Barriers
A Podcast About Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development
This podcast explores the opportunity to build wealth in local, regional, and national economies through entrepreneurship-led economic development. Episodes feature changemakers with innovative approaches to empowering people to start businesses that create wealth for their families and improve outcomes for their communities. Conversations highlight work being done in communities across the US to break down barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity in underserved and underrepresented communities. In this series, we share authentic stories about the impact that entrepreneurship-led economic development has on the local economy and connect a global network of passionate economic developers. Find out more at economicimpactcatalyst.com/impact