What is the SoloWorks Job Creation Program?

A new program model for creating economic base jobs in a community or region by recruiting, starting and expanding jobs that can be done remotely from home, a co-working space or mobile platform. The program can generate new economic base jobs faster and at a lower cost than traditional economic development programs and is one of the few program options available to rural communities and regions that lack the assets to compete for traditional attraction and tourism strategies.

Who is the SoloWorks Program Team?

CELab is allied with FatPipe ABQ, Circles USA and Digital Works to perform the following service modules:

  • Digital Works: Remote work training and placement module: A rapid recruiting, screening, training and placement program focused on local residents that are willing, able and qualified to pursue solowork careers that match the spectrum of jobs offered by the program’s out of state employer partners.
  • FatPipe ABQ: Solopreneurship module: A Solopreneurship program focused on recruiting, starting up and converting local residents that wish to establish their own solo business, or have their own solo business that are under performing or not yet economic base in nature.
  • Circles USA: Entry-level worker module: An entry-level worker program module is focused on recruiting, training and placing new entrants with the interest and the aptitude to be solopreneurs or do solowork.
  • CELab: Retention and advancement platform: A member based solowork support platform that develops a discounted suite of back office support services, concierge services, co-working space, tax and regulatory advocacy and socialization services and performance reporting on each program module.

What does it cost?

The program has 2 elements to cost. First, $50,000-$100,000 are required for pre-launch program design, setup and testing. This amount is often sourced from a combination of grants and local program support.

Second, the program requires $3,500-$5,000 per job, post-performance once the center is launched. Variation in cost depends on what facilities, program elements, personnel requirements, and job creation output are present.

How do I start a SoloWorks Center in my community?

A community will need the following elements to launch a SoloWorks Center:

  • Support of leadership from economic development, legislative representation, higher education, workforce boards, SBDCs and local business.
  • A time-bound job creation strategy
  • A site available that meets program criteria
  • Candidates for a full time program director
  • A mechanism for continuing program enrollment intake

A program FAQ sheet on SoloWorks is available here: SoloWork Q&A

We encourage you to contact us for further details.