As small businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis, the CO.STARTERS Rebuild program provides entrepreneurs with a practical pathway and trusted tools to approach the market in new way, one step at a time.
“My fieldwork activity this week triggered a business ah-ha moment. I have so much work to do! I understand now, more than ever, the importance of knowing my customer and the benefit. I now have a better vision of my customer identity.”
“With the virus kicking back up again there is a fear of being shut down again and not having income. I’m using what we learned in class to prepare.”
“I have addressed my fail zone and am taking steps moving forward. I believe this is an opportunity for me to grow my business, even in these times.”
“‘The program overall was wonderful, but especially when reflecting on where we’ve come from and the ideas we’ve developed [through this process.]”
“I’m feeling better about recovery and the leads I have gotten from this group have been top notch.”
“I cannot wait to apply these business principles to my business model. I am getting to know my business better than before this program. Furthermore, I am learning that I have more control over my business than I realized.”
“Rebuild gave me something tangible to work on. I’ve had ideas and half-executed a handful of them. The Rebuild Program was helpful and forced my motivation to complete projects and really look at my business.”
What stage or type of business is Rebuild best for?Grace Newsome2020-05-13T15:44:26-04:00
Rebuild is designed for existing businesses who are in operating stage. If they are just in concept but haven’t launched, other CO.STARTERS programs may be a better fit. Rebuild is intended for early or small stage businesses from any industry or market, including solopreneurs or freelancers. It is not optimized for high growth companies or entrepreneurs seeking investment.
I am part of an MLM or franchise. Is Rebuild still for me?Grace Newsome2020-07-02T14:50:26-04:00
While any entrepreneur will find some value from the program, Rebuild is best suited for entrepreneurs who have built or run businesses around models they have control over or can change. An MML or franchise may not give you that freedom. However, they should be providing you with specific support, resources, and community as well at this time.
What if I don’t have access to technology on a regular basis to participate in a virtual program?Grace Newsome2020-05-13T15:42:54-04:00
The live sessions for Rebuild are delivered virtually to any desktop or mobile device. Participants also receive a physical workbook delivered by direct mail to make it easier for them to work through the sessions and complete field work in between. We and our host partners will make every effort to get you connected to digital access to participate in the live sessions. If this is a concern for you, please let us know in your application.
I’m not sure if I can commit to the full program. Can I do part of it?Tianna Weaver2020-05-12T18:16:28-04:00
Rebuild is for committed entrepreneurs who want and need help, and a commitment to all sessions is required. We believe your wellbeing and your business are priorities, and we trust you’ll find the few hours you spend each session with your peer group working on your business problems together will become one of the most valuable and fulfilling parts of your routine.
Can the sessions be done back to back in a shorter timeframe? Why do they need to be spaced out?Tianna Weaver2020-05-12T18:15:58-04:00
We recommend Rebuild sessions be run once or twice a week at most. We have found it to be very important to allow adequate space between sessions for processing and applying what they’ve learned. Rebuild is also designed for business owners who are actively working in their business, often with little or no support.
Why is the program so long? This seems like an intense time commitment.Tianna Weaver2020-05-12T18:14:37-04:00
Rebuild typically runs 10 weeks but can be offered in as few as 5 by running 2 sessions per week. If you are serious about saving your business but don’t know what to do, Rebuild is well worth the time. The approach we use with Rebuild is a trusted model of providing deeper support for a longer period of time, which helps reduce overwhelm and allows entrepreneurs to tackle issues one step at a time with valuable peer support.
For more immediate intervention with a shorter time commitment, we recommend checking out our Refocus workshop.
Thank you for your interest in Rebuild! Small businesses like yours are the heart and soul of communities that thrive. We wish we could help everyone, but we only have a limited amount of scholarship funding available. Please fill out this application and let us know how Rebuild would help your venture. Once you submit, a member of our team will be in touch to let you know next steps.