2020 has been a tumultuous year for our local business and the economy overall. Businesses have been forced to think on their feet to adjust to work from home orders, capacity limitations, and even full shut downs. But these rapidly changing regulations demonstrate a great need for innovation as companies attempt to identify what the “new normal” is going to be. Businesses are reimagining how we shop, how we work, and how we interact with customers and employees. And they need your help. 

"There's a lot of opportunity in times of turmoil to create new innovations... I would encourage people to look at new ways of doing business and interacting with businesses."

- Coach Eric Steele

Eric Steele

Economic Coach Eric Steele

Eric Steele is the Director of Elevate Ventures, a local venture development organization helping to provide guidance and funding to new innovations in our community. As an veteran entrepreneur with experience from all across the country, he’s excited to bring his start-up expertise to this year’s Challenge. 

Watch the full interview with Eric

Community Submissions for Economic Change

As innovators submit ideas related to economic change, we’ll post them here!