We specialize in teaching the ins-and-outs of business in a digestible way that our members can connect and relate too.
In the words of Albert Einstein:
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
We support a wide array of unconventional entrepreneurs, from solopreneurs, creatives, 9-5 employees, and techies.
Many of our members may not have had traditional business education but have proven that they have the keen business savvy and an ability to manage the roller-coaster ride of life while creating their business dream.
We utilize CO.STARTERS, a national and global cohort-based entrepreneurship training that equips aspiring business owners with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving business.
For 9 weeks, we will meet every Thursday evening from 6p - 8:30p at 1601 North Calhoun Street, 21217 in the New Song Worship, and Arts Center.
You will receive over 50 hours of in-class and out of class instruction focused on testing to see if your business can reach the monetary goals that you set.
Our facilitators are experienced entrepreneurs and are knowledgeable about many aspects of the start-up journey.
Facilitators will guide you in completing your Business Canvas, shown below, and give you different perspectives to help you make your business decisions.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Session 1 - Knowing Yourself
By the end of the session, participants should know the goals of the class, know their group and know self - their strengths, limitations, and the importance of bringing the right people on their team. Everyone will also commit to working through the business development process together.
Session 2 - Knowing Your Customer
By the end of the session, participants should be able to describe their customer, the problem the customer has, the solution they offer, the benefit the customer receives, their competition, and the advantage they have over the competition.
Session 3 - Getting the Relationship Right
By the end of the session, participants should understand the importance of customer relationships, how to build them, and how to communicate the core message of their business.
Session 5 - Strengthening your Structure
By the end of the session, participants should understand why legal stuff matters and know steps you need to take to address legal concerns.
Session 7 - Accounting for Growth
By the end of the session, participants should know their business’s break-even point and understand how to adjust it. You should also know approximately how long it will take to break-even, and understand the importance of cash flow and keeping accurate financial records.
Session 4 - Building the Model to Scale
By the end of the session, participants should be able to identify ways to start small, what they are selling, how it gets to the customer, how to get paid for it, and how much to charge.
Session 6 - Discovering the Bottom Line
By the end of the session, participants should understand all of the costs associated with starting and running a business, as well as how to find a break-even point that is realistic.
Session 8 - Planning for the Future
By the end of the session, participants should know have a plan in place for moving forward and a workable business model (explored through the canvas) to serve as the basis of their pitch.
Session 9 - Celebration Night
On celebration night, participants will celebrate their accomplishments, encourage others in the group, go out with purpose, and understand the continued support available.
(Graduates of Business Class)
Personal CO.STARTERS manual
Business canvas advice
Access to an awesome community of
Connect to local and national opportunities through networking partners.
Business guidance from local business leaders
Promotion of personal business through networks
Access to advanced classes and other business-building resources
WHATS THE COST
Tuition for our Business Ownership Academy powered by CO.STARTERS is valued at $2,000 per student. Thanks to our generous supporters and donors, tuition is waived for every student accepted into the program. All participants, however, must pay a small material and registration fee towards the course. Based on your household income, your fees are calculated on a sliding scale ranging from $150 to $300. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify.