EVENTS AT THE COMMONS

We host over 300 events annually at The Commons on Champa! Join the list and be the first to get invited.

Due to COVID-19, we are canceling this workshop. The next Business Bootcamp will be held on August 29-30. You can register here: startupspace.appWhether you plan to start a part-time or full-time business, the Commons Business Bootcamp is for you.

In this collaborative two-day session, you will learn how to properly set up/operate your business and how to market your products and services. You’ll gain insights that boosts your confidence in pricing, cash flow, financing, employees, taxes, business plans and more. What you’ll learn can be applied to any type of business, whether it is home-based, online, retail, service, tech, manufacturing or distribution.

Cost: $200, Early Bird: $150 (ending August 14) Please do not hesitate to email programs@thecommons.co if you need financial assistance.

$200 includes over 15 hours of professional instruction and all program materials.

The Bootcamp will run 9am-4pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday. You will break for lunch around noon.

Assistance with program fees is available to those demonstrating financial need. We understand that starting a business takes real personal investment. That’s why we work to lower program fees whenever possible for those experiencing financial constraints. Eligibility is based on financial need and criteria for underserved community groups. Support may also be awarded on a case-by-case basis, based on the availability of funding and space at the event. If you are in need of assistance, email Programs@thecommons.co.

To secure your spot, register here.

**Please wait to register for the event until you have received the scholarship promo code. We will save a seat for all scholarship applicants.**


Take your business to the next level in two days!

BOOTCAMP DAY ONE

Business Viability 
Vision for your business
What will you sell
Who will you sell it to
What’s going on in your industry
Who are your competitors
How will you differentiate yourself in the marketplace
How will you market your products and services

Start-Up Steps
Start-up checklist
Start-up costs
Sources for start-up funds
Start-up timeframe
Choose a legal entity
Taxes & Insurance

1-Hour Lunch Break

Marketing 
Marketing strategy/plan/goals
Target market
Marketing mix
Marketing/sales cycle
Testing and tracking

Workshop Time


BOOTCAMP DAY TWO

Pricing
Overview of pricing
Pricing products (cost of goods, gross profit, gross profit margin)
Pricing services (pricing by the hour, pricing by the job)

Income And Cash Flow 
Flow of money in and out of business
4 ways to make more money
Sales projections
Cost of goods projections
Gross profit projections
Overhead/monthly expenses projections
Breakeven projections
Cash flow projections

1-Hour Lunch Break

Day-To-Day Operations/Processes 
Workflow/processes
Policies and procedures
Organizational chart
Employees vs independent contractors
Payroll

Business Planning 
Uses for a business plan
Borrowing money
Fill-in-the-blank business plan

Worktime / Wrap Up

To secure your spot, register here.


Meet Our Bootcamp Instructor: Jennifer Croft, Founder of 5 Minute Classes

Self-employed since the age of twenty, Jennifer Croft, owner of 5 Minute Classes has successfully started and run seven small businesses. Through her teaching and one-on-one consulting, she has helped more than 3,000 people start and run their own businesses.


Transportation Options

  • Limited metered parking in area
  • Public paid parking at Denver Performing Arts Center / Entrances on both Arapahoe & 13th Street
  • 3 blocks from RTD 16th Street Free MallRide
  • 1 block from RTD Light Rail Theater District/Convention Center Station (D, F, H lines)
  • B-cycle to 14th & Stout
  • Convenient Car Share drop-off at Champa & 13th

To secure your spot, register here.

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Wed Jul 15 • 10:00 am - 11:30 am

HIRING TIPS FOR STARTUPS W/ KIMBERLY LUCAS



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Wed Jul 15 • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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  • Where do you Raise Capital (Public or Private)?
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Thu Aug 6 • 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Denver’s Tax Credit Incentive Programs

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Women on the Rise Spotlight: Emily Hines, Founder of Sweat Cosmetics

Spotlight Emily Hines, founder of Sweat Cosmetics.

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