BTE Community Engagement
Day in the life at BTE Bootcamp™
It is no secret that communities that work together are more successful. That is why organizations ranging from government to industry and non-profit work together to help our community grow and thrive. Our team at BTE Bootcamp™ believes that supporting aspiring and established entrepreneurs will help our whole community to thrive together. It is the tight-knit, dedicated community of the Palouse combined with an affordable cost of living and abundant resources that often draws people to the Palouse, and inspires them to stay.
Many of our past campers have started their businesses here, and several have decided to keep them here for the long run. Ed Robertson, founder of Badger Braces, said that the community on the Palouse is a large reason why he is so successful today.
“I am incredibly humbled by the support from people in Colton and a variety of other sources on the Palouse. I continue to get advice, feedback, and input from the PKC and Boot Camp members. It’s amazing how willing people are to help me out.”
And it’s not just aspiring business owners that benefit from a strong, supportive community. Whitman County Commissioner Dean Kinzer has shown his personal dedication, as well as the dedication of the whole county, to helping aspiring entrepreneurs succeed, and sees BTE Bootcamp™ as a way to do so.
“Knowing that 80 percent of all new businesses fail within the first two years, we have needed an entity like the PKC™ with the BTE Bootcamp™ to help these new businesses and entrepreneurs avoid the pitfalls that cause businesses to fail. We want to arm these entrepreneurs with the information to be successful in their business endeavors.” Said Kinzer.
“the value of supporting local businesses is community/regional pride that a new company was launched in our own backyard, as well as creating potential to provide a draw in terms of economic development when encouraging other businesses and companies interested in establishing their operations in our region.”
BTE Bootcamp™ is a gathering of some of the most brilliant minds on the Palouse, as well as some of the people who are most passionate about the region. Those who have succeeded on the Palouse strive to pay it forward to aspiring entrepreneurs, which is just one of the many advantages of attending a program like BTE Bootcamp™.