What to Expect
Insights, connections, resources, and tools to help you build a thriving sustainable business.
Knowing Your Customer: Customer, Problem, Alternatives, Idea Testing
Finding The Right Solution: Solution, Benefit, Advantage, Starting Small, Brand Identity
Getting the Relationship Right: Marketing & Message; Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers
Building Blocks: Distribution, Revenue, Typical Offering, Price
Structures & Systems: Business Structures, Licenses, IP, Hiring
Financial Modeling: Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Raising Capita
Planning For Growth: Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Storytelling
Who Should Apply
Attend all 10 sessions. More than 2 absences may result in disqualification.
Develop your Business Model Canvas, a strategic tool to manage your business model.
Support fellow participants in troubleshooting and challenging their assumptions.
Participate actively in facilitated group discussions. Engage guest speakers, challenge your assumptions and talk to potential customers.
Complete “fieldwork” between sessions to develop your plans.
If special circumstances may prevent or limit your attendance, please let us know. We try our best to accommodate needs due to transportation, childcare and “day jobs.”
Trusted volunteer business leaders from the community and CO.Starters alumni are certified to co-facilitate the program.
CO.Starters Alum & Founder of Button & Zipper
Principal, The Communications Refinery
Olivia Omega Wallace
Branding Strategist & Co-Founder, Wallace Marketing Group
Application Fee: Free
Standard Tuition: $300, includes facilitation, guest speakers, materials and refreshments.
*This nationally- recognized program normally costs $1,500 for each participant. However, The Commons mission is to offer programming, resources and the necessary tools to start and grow a business at little to no cost to further break down barriers, making entrepreneurship accessible to everyone. With the support of grants and sponsorships, we are able to heavily subsidize this program and cover the cost so each entrepreneur pays $300 for the full 10-week program.
Tuition Assistance: Full or partial assistance available by request and based on financial need for applicants accepted for the program.
CO.Starters at The Commons is offered throughout the year.
Upcoming Start Dates
Application Deadline: December 11
Start Date: January 15
Application Deadline: March 4
Start Date: April 8
Application Deadline: May 20
Start Date: June 24
Application Deadline: September 2
Start Date: October 7
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