Authored and originally posted by Carie Canterbury at the Cañon City Daily Record. Original and full post: https://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/2020/01/19/how-can-canon-city-boost-business-by-becoming-more-business-start-friendly-says-fremont-economic-director/
Shawn Bertini, a partner with the Steamboat Springs-based West Slope Angels, is set to help with that “rural reboot” and the effort to build an avenue to “rural prosperity.”
Part of Bertini’s job is to stimulate economic diversity, build start-up ecosystems and drive investment into rural communities. He also helps “deserving entrepreneurs” connect with the capital and resources they need in rural towns.
After touring parts of Fremont County and Cañon City and meeting community leaders Friday, he said he realized the commitment to community here, and in order to help translate that into forward momentum and action, West Slope Angels, which is managed by Four Points Funding, is planning to start a Fremont chapter of the WSA.
“The way that we run it is we have chapters in individuals communities, you find your local leader and we do everything from full due diligence – manage the whole thing to just (offering help) and you can completely run and manage yourself, whatever it takes in order to support the community based on what they need, what they want, what they can support,” he said. “We want to be there. Activating these Angel syndicates supporting our companies is really helpful to the entire region.”
Current chapters include Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, Silverthorne, Aspen, Carbondale, Telluride and Durango, and chapters on deck include Grand Junction and Vail.
“We have a great opportunity for the wealthier members of our communities to become even more connected by getting in and supporting some of these young companies and stepping up in whatever ways we can,” Bertini said.
He said there’s a lot more “going on under the covers” in Fremont County that people don’t realize.
“I’m sure that tons of people in this room don’t really understand the potential impact of the Florence school (Emergent Campus),” he said. “It’s enormous. My view from the outside and talking about what it can mean to have a thoughtful funnel to build local talent, provide them a stream – that infrastructure, that momentum is not going to be realized tomorrow, but the potential benefits down the line are going to be huge, and not many communities are really organized in doing that.”