Accelerate Your Business in this 10 Week Resource-Rich Training and Mentorship Program
Insights, connections, resources, and tools to help you build a thriving sustainable business.
Knowing Yourself: Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles
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
Discovering the Bottom Line: Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Break-Even Point
Financial Modeling: Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Raising Capita
Planning For Growth: Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Storytelling
Sharing Your Story: Community Celebration
Here is the inside scoop on what you commit to when you join this program.
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.
Application Fee: Free
Standard Tuition: $350, 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.
Tuition Assistance: Full or partial assistance available by request and based on financial need for applicants accepted for the program. If accepted and committed into the program with financial assistance, you are responsible for paying a minimum of $225 to cover the cost of materials budgeted for your spot in the program.
CO.STARTERS at The Commons is offered throughout the year. Classes are held virtually every Wednesday night for 10 weeks from 5:45pm to 9:00pm. The application is always open. If you’d like more information before applying, contact [email protected] to learn more.
Volunteers with business experience and a passion for helping others guide participants through the program.Explore
Experienced entrepreneurs and service providers contribute insights and feedback in each session.Become a Mentor
This is no ordinary program. Philanthropic support helps to make it available to everyone.Learn More