At the center of CO.STARTERS are passionate individuals with a big vision. We are here to guide, equip, support, connect, and celebrate the work of the wider network.
LEADERSHIP + STAFF
Enoch ElwellDirector of Vision (CEO)
Enoch Elwell // Director of Vision (CEO)
Enoch frames and focuses the vision of CO.STARTERS. By better understanding the intersection of economic and community development, he helps the team align on doing the most strategic and effective work to transform communities through entrepreneurship.
He loves CO.STARTERS because we are helping people and communities thrive. His first business in middle school when he got together with his siblings and started selling homemade popsicles to the neighborhood kids. It took off and eventually put the local ice cream truck out of business! He used their profits to buy a go-cart, and learned a lot of lessons along the way…
Jose Alfaro works to build strong and sustainable business models to support work at scale.
He loves our creative approach to helping individuals and communities thrive through entrepreneurship. His first business was a catering company, but his dream is to build a sustainable food accelerator that supports minorities by expressing their culture through food.
Rebekah focuses on simplifying complex ideas or systems to make them easy for anyone to understand and use. This primarily takes the form of developing programs and supports, but also helping collaborators find the best way forward.
Rebekah loves that CO.STARTERS allows her to help communities solve their problems and take away some of the headache so they can focus on what’s most important and what they do best – serving the starter. Her first business was a friendship bracelet and cross stitching business in the fourth grade. She and her friends would take orders, fulfill them, collect payment, and invest some of the proceeds into purchasing additional materials. They made brochures with our offerings and our products were in high demand throughout their school.
Carrie works to both measure and tell the story of CO.STARTERS impact. Her favorite thing about the company is the energy, both among the core group and among the communities we work with. Everyday she is inspired by everyone’s passion about entrepreneurship. Her first business was a lemonade stand when she was 7 years old. She set it up in the front yard and made at least $20—mostly from her uncle, who lived down the road and gave her a $20 bill when he drove by on his way home from work. She’s pretty sure her profit margins haven’t been that good since.
Barb’s passion is leading individuals to the discovery of their best self. Her work training communities and supporting facilitators allows her to use these tools to develop leaders in our member communities who can deliver an awesome cohort experience. As a CO.STARTERS facilitator in her hometown of Erie, PA, she experienced the joy of building a helpful and compassionate community for entrepreneurs. She is thrilled to be helping other communities do the same. On occasion she treats herself to fresh flowers, and has been studying cut flower gardens. Maybe “Someday”, she will have her own cut flower business with a little road side stand.
David supports the CO.STARTERS Creative and Program Development teams through research, writing, and analysis.
He loves CO.STARTERS because he loves working with smart people who care. He is particularly struck by the balance of relationality and systematic process that CO.STARTERS employs in order to better individuals’ lives and their communities.
He launched his first venture in high school—a Latin teaching business wherein he was contracted by homeschooling organizations to customize Latin curriculum and teach it in their classrooms.
She came to work for CO.STARTERS because she believes in empowerment. This generation of entrepreneurs face unique challenges, the biggest of all is lack of support. She loves that CO.STARTERS fills that gap and meets these brilliant communities where they are, right at home.
When she was younger she ran a small business making crocheted photo props for photographers in her area. She became so popular that several local boutiques stocked and sold her wares for her.
Abi works on a lot of behind the scene things to help collect data for organizations and organize information that helps CO.STARTERS move forward with larger progress.
She loves CO.STARTERS primarily because the chance to help other people achieve their goals as a bold member of their community is something she really believes in. She finds it a powerful thing to hear stories of how people's lives and communities have changed from the presence of a small business, or an entrepreneurially minded person who is willing to take the time to invest in the people around them. Her first business was selling jewelry and artwork that she created.
Grace focuses on supporting anything that involves design in the company.
She loves being part of a team that is always looking for the best ways to support and empower people to do what they love. It is CO.STARTERS priority to provide well designed tools and resources to make it easily accessible to anyone. Selling whatever she's into creating has always been a fun source of income for her. Starting with fashion sketches in middle school, to ink drawings and t-shirts in high school, and collages and prints of her photography in college.