How it Works

Collaborative Cohort

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

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Facilitator Led

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 participants in the right direction.

Inspiring Stories

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

What is Covered

During CO.STARTERS, 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 the nine weeks, 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

What Participants Get Out of the Program

  • 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.

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