BUSINESS LAUNCHING PROGRAM

CO.STARTERS CORE

Our foundational offering is a three-month, cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action.

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VERSIONS

Our CO.STARTERS foundational program comes in additional versions to provide the very best fit for your community.

CO.STARTERS for Causes™

An iteration of our core program especially designed for people launching social initiatives.

CO.STARTERS Spanish

An iteration of our core program translated for Spanish speakers.

FORMAT

Collaborative Cohort

Groups of 10–16 entrepreneurs meet together for nine weeks, meeting one evening a week for three hours, led by a CO.STARTERS-trained facilitator.

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Facilitated, not Taught

CO.STARTERS facilitators are experienced business owners from the community who guide participants through the program by asking the right questions, drawing on the knowledge in the room, and using available resources and connections in the community to point starters in the right direction.

Local Context

In addition to exploring different topics each session, guest speakers are also brought in weekly to enrich the conversation and help participants learn from the experience of others in the community.

SESSIONS

What’s Covered

During the CO.STARTERS program, participants develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining every part and determining next steps through real-time feedback from people in the community. Over a series of sessions, we’ll cover the following topics.

Week 1: Knowing Yourself

  • Assumptions
  • Canvas
  • Working Styles
  • Team Building
  • Obstacles

Week 2: Knowing Your Customer

  • Customer
  • Problem
  • Alternatives
  • Solution
  • Benefit
  • Advantage

Week 3: Getting the Relationship Right

  • Marketing & Message
  • Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers

Week 4: Building the Model to Scale

  • Starting Small
  • Distribution
  • Revenue
  • Typical Sale
  • Price

Week 5: Strengthening Your Structure

  • Business Structures
  • Legal Considerations

Week 6: Discovering Your Bottom Line

  • Startup & Ongoing Needs
  • Fixed & Variable Costs
  • Breaking Even

Week 7: Accounting for Growth

  • Break-Even Point
  • Sales Projections
  • Cash Flow
  • Accounting

Week 8: Planning for the Future

  • Raising Capital
  • Growth Plans
  • Goal Setting
  • Pitch Prep

Week 9: Celebration Night/Sharing Your Story

BENEFITS

What Participants Get Out of the Program

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  • A deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, i.e. a process for figuring out whether or not an idea is good and how to change it to make it work.
  • The ability to articulate how their businesses work.

  • The next steps needed to move forward.
  • A community of peers, mentors, business services, and a national network of support.

In 2018, after completing our CO.STARTERS business training program,
starters reported that:

92%

said CO.STARTERS helped them decide what to do next with their venture.

98%

would recommend CO.STARTERS to someone looking to start or grow a venture

87%

said they feel connected & supported by their local community in launching a venture

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OUTCOMES

How This Helps Your Community

  • Creates accessible pathways for a wide range of entrepreneurs

  • Engages the local community and rallies ecosystem building supporters and partners

  • Provides a sustainable, turnkey program offering with measurable results

  • Increases long-term entrepreneur success, resulting in sustained economic impact

CO.STARTERS has elevated the conversation around entrepreneurship to levels we haven’t seen before. Conversations around entrepreneurship are happening all over the Latino community, more often and more diverse (different kind of businesses).

Carlos Sanchez, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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