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CORE

Launch Your Small Business Idea or

Refine Your Current Business Model


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

If you are interested in an upcoming FALL 2024 CO.STARTERS Core Program please register your interest below and be sure to select your region.

CO.STARTERS Core Programs for Fall 2024

Additional regions and dates are being added, so if you don't see a region that works for you, please select the "At Large" region and we'll add you to our list.

    

Central OR Region - Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes Counties

Date TBA 

Mid-Coast OR Region - Lincoln and Coastal Lane Counties

Florence, Lincoln City, Newport, Waldport 

Date TBA 

Mid-Willamette OR Region - Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties 

Dallas

Date TBA 

Mid-Willamette OR Region - Benton and Linn Counties 

Date TBA 

North Coast OR Region - Tillammok, Clastop Counties 

Date TBA 

South Coast OR Region - Coos, Curry, Coastal Douglas Counties

Date TBA 

Northeast OR Region - Baker, Union, Wallowa Counties

Date TBA 

Greater Eastern OR Region - Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler, Morrow, Wasco Counties

Date TBA

 Southeast OR Region - Malheur County

Dates TBA

South-Central OR Region - Klamath County

Dates TBA

At Large - Virtual (areas not listed)

Join a cohort of like-minded starters and look at your business from a customer-centric view

There is no fee to register your interest. Once you register here, you will be contacted by a Program Manager or Facilitator who will help you decide if Core is right for you. In most cases, the cost of Core is covered by grant funding and scholarships and your Facilitator will share with financial support options.

EXPLORE. QUESTION. ACT

CO.STARTERS CORE provides an action-driven, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of like-minded people.

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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.

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Who Should Participate

Any Small business entrepreneur who is...

  • Ready to pursue their endeavor and wants to fine-tune their idea, critically examine each part, and determine next steps 
  • Serious about doing what it takes to launch your business
  • Has started a business but needs a better model  
  • Open to working on their idea in a collaborative, supportive, and welcoming environment 
  • Feeling isolated and needing support
  • Looking for more than just immediate assistance
  • Is adding a major service or product with a new customer in mind

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Develop New Skills

CORE helps participants:

  • Understand themselves and their working styles
  • Look at their business idea from a customer-centric view.
  • Craft messages which convey value and solutions
  • Understand "starting small" and how to scale
  • Determine startup costs and break even points
  • Identify long term  strategies for sustainability
  • Tap into a virtual cohort of peers
  • Connect with mentors & advisors
  • Access online content and additional resources
  • Receive ongoing support through a virtual community
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10 Sessions

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

Not Ready for Core?

Bootcamp 2-Day Workshops are coming to many rural communities in Winter and Spring. Check out Bootcamp and let us know you are interested in learning more.

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PROGRAM MANAGERS AND FACILITATORS

Misty Lambrecht - Program Manager and Facilitator

Misty Lambrecht is a dedicated Program Manager and Facilitator specializing in business development within rural communities. With a focus on supporting small businesses with access to capital and business planning, Misty is also a certified Co.Starters facilitator. As part of The Foundry Collective's Reinventing Rural initiative, Misty actively engages and assists local community organizations in strengthening rural economies through entrepreneurship.


Misty's passion lies in empowering rural entrepreneurs and organizations to realize their full potential and contribute to the sustainable growth and vitality of their communities.

Lisa Dawson - Program Manager  Facilitator 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 am proud to have delivered one of the first Core programs in Oregon and I'm looking forward to launching CO.STARTERS in Union, Wallowa and Baker counties and helping small business entrepreneurs start and grow.

Brittany Dark - Facilitator

Sherman County

"Brittany likes to focus where passion meets purpose. Currently the Grant & Outreach Coordinator for the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, Sherman County Ambassador with the Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce, Facilitator of CO. STARTERS and owner of United Front Financial Coaching she is able to serve businesses in all levels of development. "I'm excited for business collaboration focusing on community over competition taking root again in rural Oregon.We all can't do everything but together we can do it all." #Strongertogether



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.

Core Participant 

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 Participant 

What can I expect from CO.Starters CORE??

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

Is CORE right for me?

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.

How Many Hours per week will I need to commit?

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.

 
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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.

Bring CO.STARTERS CORE to your rural community

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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.

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