Beginning in 2008 in Chattanooga, Tennessee as part of the CreateHere initiative, we recognized a growing need to provide business support to artists, creatives, and others who didn’t fit traditional models. In response, we adapted existing business planning resources to serve groups of people interested in launching or refining creative businesses. While providing this kind of business support was incredibly valuable, the connection and community resulting from the program was often the most beneficial aspect. Over the first four years, over 1,000 people went through the program. The work in Chattanooga then grew to support not only small local businesses, but also high-growth startups.
CO.STARTERS launched nationally in 2013, packaging the best of our learnings from years of small business support and melding it with the most effective high-growth startup methods used in business development today. CO.STARTERS currently serves communities all over the country and around the world, with thousands participating in the program annually.