Launch Your Small Business Idea
CO.STARTERS 10-Week CORE Program Equips Aspiring Entrepreneurs With the Insights, Relationships, and Tools to Turn Ideas into Action
Creating thriving business communities
Partner with Reinventing Rural and CO.STARTERS to jumpstart your business goals
CORE Northeast Oregon launches Sept. 22nd - Virtual
10 Weeks - 6 PM to 9 PM
Please note that CORE La Grande has been renamed CORE Northeast Oregon and moved to Sept 22nd
CORE Harney County launches Sept 16th - Hybrid
10 Weeks - 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Both programs are open to all regardless of location in Oregon
Join a cohort of like-minded starters and look at your business from a customer-centric view
Thanks to generous sponsors that believe in supporting local entrepreneurs CORE is available at a reduced price.
FULL SCHOLLARSHIPS ARE BEING OFFERED
EXPLORE. QUESTION. ACT
CO.STARTERS CORE provides an action-driven, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of like-minded people.
co.starters cORE program
Turn ideas into action
CO.STARTERS Core provides an action-driven, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of like-minded people. Over ten sessions, you’ll identify your assumptions about why and how your businesses will work and then talk to customers in order to validate your ideas. This approach enables you to rapidly uncover flaws in your concept and find viable models more quickly. You’ll leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate your model, and repeat the process with your next great idea.
co.starters core program
Who Should Participate
Any Small business entrepreneur who is...
CO.STARTERS core PROGRAM
Develop New Skills
CORE helps participants:
Working with a dedicated group of like minded peers, participants cover the following topics in a series of ten 3–hour sessions:
Session 1: Knowing Yourself
Session 2: Knowing Your Customer
Session 3: Finding the Right Solution
Session 4: Getting the Relationship Right
Session 5: Building Blocks
Session 6: Structures & Systems
Session 7: Discovering the Bottom Line
Session 8: Financial Modeling
Session 9: Planning for Growth
Session 10: Celebration
CO.STARTERS CORE FACILITATORS
Laura Young - At Large
I pivot between being a teaching artist & graphic designer to providing technical assistance & social media marketing support to nonprofits & small businesses. I took the CO.STARTERS facilitator training this summer and I'm excited to help small business entrepreneurs start and grow. I am also a Reinventing Rural Ambassador and have my own small business, Mobile Pottery Lessons, LLC.
Andrea Letham - Harney County
I am a business advisor with the Treasure Valley Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a volunteer with the BizHarney Opportunity Collaborative, and a Reinventing Rural Ambassador. I love to work one-on-one with businesses to help them be successful and can help with marketing, bookkeeping, capital access, business planning, website development and much more. I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a CO.STARTERS facilitator and bring the magic of CO.STARTERS to Harney County.
Lisa Dawson - Northeast Oregon
I am the Executive Director of the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District and have worked in economic development, serving both organizations and businesses, since 1989. I enjoy working with entrepreneurs and business owners and am proud to be part of a collaborative effort to increase technical assistance, networking, skill-building and financing for entrepreneurs. I'm looking forward to launching CO.STARTERS in Union, Wallowa and Baker counties and helping small business entrepreneurs start and grow.
147 Cohorts and 2095 Participants
By walking me through the creation of a business plan, helping me define my target audience, and emphasizing the importance of marketing and promotion, CO.STARTERS helped to demystify the process of entrepreneurship and ensure that I got off on the right foot.
CO.STARTERS provided me with the most powerful thing in an entrepreneur’s journey: a little shove. Each week it was a critical reminder to keep forging the foundation of my business, and it provided a community of support that continues to prove invaluable in my daily operations and goals.
CORE is an action-driven, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of like-minded people. Led by a facilitator who is an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll identify your assumptions about why and how your businesses will work and then talk to customers in order to validate your ideas. This approach enables you to rapidly uncover flaws in your concept and find viable models more quickly. You’ll leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate your model, and repeat the process with your next great idea
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, or a seasoned entrepreneur looking to launch a new product or service, CORE is for you. The only real prerequisites are (1) having an idea you’re ready, willing, and excited to share and pursue and (2) a willingness to study, shape and fine-tune that idea in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment. If you’re creative and community-minded, and you’re serious about turning your passion into a sustainable business, we want you to participate.
Each session meets once a week for 3 hours. You will be challenged to talk to customers—or potential customers—each week, as it is a critical element of building a business.
Bring CO.STARTERS CORE to your rural community
Reinventing Rural brings you the magic of CO.STARTERS to your rural community so that you can build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. We ensure you develop pipelines of support for your starters at every stage of their journey.
If you are interested in CO.STARTERS for your community or for your small business, please let us know by clicking below. We promise to get back to you as soon as we can. Can't wait? Call us at 541-204-1913.