It's the inevitable outcome when up to 12 small business owners + 1 facilitator meet monthly to give each other perspective, accountability and encouragement to grow their business.
LoCo Think Tank brings together non-competitive business owners from different industries, to identify and explore solutions to business challenges. Each chapter is professionally facilitated by a successful business veteran.
Our facilitators are driven by the purpose and impact of the role and focused on maximizing the experience of members. The facilitator manages communications leading up to and following each meeting, maintains order during the meetings, and meets one-on-one, or in small groups, with members in between chapter meetings.
○ High achieving business veteran with a give-back mindset
○ Is the chapter manager and meeting organizer
○ Are the owners and deciders within a small business
○ Have a special skill or talent to share with the chapter
1 MONTHLY MEETING
○ Meetings the same day and time monthly
○ Meetings include check-ins, member presentations, issue processing, topical learning, occasional speakers
○ One-on-one meetings with facilitators (for Thinkers and Next Level)
○ Small group meetings (for Builders)
We Welcome New LoCo Members Who:
Ask of their needs and share of their abundance || Strive to add more to the chapter than they receive
Recognize they do not know all of the answers (yet) || Encourage and admonish with loving-kindness
Always respect one another’s confidentiality || Are growth-minded and committed to trying new ideas
✔ key employee/leader
✔ Reports directly to owner
✔ Committed to business growth
A: Most definitely, if you've ever felt like you:
Don't have the answers or solutions to your current business challenges?
Love talking about business?
Feel overwhelmed on where to start?
Like the insight from other business owners/leaders who have faced similar challenges?
Let critical tasks slide and feel stuck?
Feel alone with decision making?
Don't want a coach, rather a group of people to round out questions, ideas, and solutions?
Want the accountability of reporting back to someone to make sure ideas come to life
A: NO!! We are about business excellence, not networking. In fact, we actually require our members to clear it past the group before they do significant business with one another, to avoid generating a conflict of interest that could impact trust and transparency in the group.
A: NO!! Well, yeah - it is a little more like a Board of Directors, but more precisely a board of advisors. Your decisions are your own, based on where you're trying to go (do you know for sure?!) We use the LoCollaborative Process and the power of peer perspective, accountability, and encouragement to help accelerate your journey and even sometimes to better define the destination!
A: YES!! This is exactly the type of person who finds a comfortable and durable place in a LoCo Think Tank chapter. We build intentionally diverse groups of people who don't have it all figured out, but we're stronger together and working our way from good to great as small business owners.
A: It depends! We don't hold all the cards on membership choices. First, you apply and connect with a LoCo Think Tank representative, to discuss the experience and expectations of members, and what you'd bring to a chapter. Then, we introduce you as a vetted candidate to a facilitator in your area that we think might be a good fit. If they agree, they are empowered to invite you to the next chapter meeting, subject to no discovered conflicts among members. Once the chapter gets to know you a little better, it's their unanimous consent required to add new members. Every new member should richen the flavor of the sauce, so to speak, and sometimes we have to make awkward phone calls and look for a better-fitted chapter.
A: NO!! This is a Colorado-grown small business, founded in Fort Collins as a passion project in 2014. We've taken the best parts of peer advisory and service organizations and leveraged strong local partnerships to support and encourage small business excellence.
The LoCo Underground program allows business owners to start gaining perspective and working on their business foundations through a one-on-one engagement with a qualified LoCo Facilitator before an official new chapter launch.
The monthly LoCo Underground program is only for individuals looking to join in a new chapter that's forming. Explore these facilitators below.