How Can Ecosystems Help Small Business Survive?

First Southwest Bank • October 27, 2020

First Southwest Community Fund's Executive Director, Cass Walker was recently interviewed for the RuralRISE blog. Read the intro below and head on over to RuralRISE for the full story.

Listening to your stakeholders has always been the most important thing any organization can do, but in these unprecedented times listening to what small businesses need is crucial for their survival. 

Needs are changing daily, and the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our communities and businesses in ways we did not foresee. 

Understanding the challenges – and then acting to help mitigate the effects – is vital for organizations like ours to have an impact in these difficult times.

Challenges are everywhere at the moment – helping businesses survive shutdowns, building online platforms for communications, remote teams, keeping employees healthy and well in this new “normal”…  

However, at First Southwest Community Fund we’ve also seen a number of opportunities during this unique moment in history. Together with our partner, First Southwest Bank (a CDFI), we’ve worked tirelessly to get assistance to rural Colorado businesses. 


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