As an employer, there are a number of ways you can implement measures that will increase opportunity, equity, and economic mobility for all of your employees.

These are steps you can take today to start making a difference:

  • Map the jobs in your organization to the Prosper CO jobs model to ensure you’re positioning employees to move into pathway and opportunity jobs.
  • Take steps to increase the number of diverse job applicants you are getting.
  • Show your commitment to Fair Chance Hiring.
  • Set goals and implement a diversity scorecard and metrics to track your progress.
  • Engage best practices to recruit and retain diverse employees.
  • Ensure you offer the most critical benefits that help employees begin to prosper.
  • Provide training opportunities and career tracks to ensure lower-paid employees have the opportunities and supports needed for advancement.

  • Invite women- and minority-owned companies to bid on work with your company.

  • Advocate for changes in housing zoning, to allow for the right density to lower costs of housing for the workforce
  • Let us know about land that your company owns that could be used for housing.
  • Set goals and implement a diversity scorecard and metrics to track your progress.
  • Advocate for measures to increase post-secondary educational attainment and decrease financial burden for students by maximizing federal assistance, scholarships, concurrent enrollment, flexibility and lower-cost options.
  • Remove unnecessary degree requirements and establish skill and competency-based requirements for jobs
  • Provide every employee earning less than $40,000/year an annual meeting with HR to explore career options and maximize education benefit.
  • Develop incentives to support employers who are training and upskilling workforce.
  • Change benefits based on the needs of lower-paid workers – transportation, childcare, training and/or tuition reimbursement.
  • Establish mentorships and coaching relationships with small businesses.
  • Develop targeted networking opportunities with entrepreneurs.
  • Build relationships and provide exposure to start-up and small business networks.
  • Accept interns and support their current and future learning.
  • If relevant, participate in our convenings to figure out how to partner with philanthropy and other lenders to increase funding for small businesses and housing projects.

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Prosper CO is focused on providing more Coloradans with quality jobs, reducing barriers for small business owners and increasing access to affordable housing.