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 Winter/Spring 2023
CO.STARTERS Core Program please register your interest below and be sure to select your region.
CO.STARTERS Core Programs for Winter/Spring 2023
Additional regions may be added to the Winter/Spring calendar so if you don't see a region that works for you, please select the "At Large" region.
Applegate Valley OR Region- Jackson, Josephine Counties
Begins on January 11th and completes on March 29th
Mid Coast OR Region - Lincoln County, and surrounding areas
North Coast OR Region - Tillamook
Begins on January 26th and completes on March 30th
Northeast OR Region - Baker, Union, Wallowa Counties
Oregon Frontier Region - Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler Counties
Southeast OR Region - Harney County and surrounding areas
South Coast OR Region - Coastal Douglas, Coos, Curry County
Western Treasure Valley OR - Malheur County and surrounding areas
Begins on January 12th and completes on March 30th
At Large - Virtual (areas not listed)
Spanish Language - Virtual (tentative)
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.
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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
PROGRAM MANAGERS AND FACILITATORS
Misty Lambrecht - Program Manager and Facilitator
Mid Coast and South Coast
I have owned Webfoot Marketing and Design, a website development company in Oregon, for over 15 years and have worked on a variety of small business, nonprofit, college and government websites. I am a Google-certified trainer, GrowthWheel® and Profit Mastery® Certified. I teach a variety of classes ranging from social media, web design, and profitability to small businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest.
I am a CO.STARTERS graduate from the Fall 2022 Northeast Oregon cohort and I'm excited to bring this program to other rural communities.
Andrea Letham - CO.STARTERS Program Manager & Facilitator
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 assist with marketing, bookkeeping, capital access, business planning, website development, and much more.
We delivered the first Core program in Oregon in Fall 2021 and I am so exctied to have the opportunity to be a CO.STARTERS Program Manager and bring the magic of CO.STARTERS to Harney County and Southeast Oregon.
Darin Huffaker- Facilitator
Western Treasure Valley
Darin has built and run several small businesses from startups to multi-million dollars. He has purchased over 15 companies himself and sold a handful of them over the last 20 years in the service industry.Darin has had substantial experience in his own businesses from building customer service platforms to creating employee handbooks and organization charts and successfully running marketing programs to compete in some of the most competitive markets in the USA.
Jess Felix - Facilitator
Fern Ridge and Artisans & Makers
Central to my work is supporting regional economic development in rural communities and providing technical assistance to rural artisan businesses and their communities. From building and managing e-commerce sites to generating traffic through social media marketing, I help to connect online sales platforms to customers. I also work directly with owners of small creative businesses, providing them the support they need to grow and build.
As a small business owner, I sell my ceramic work online and at markets under Polyhedra Arts. I am also an independent teaching artist, providing instruction to beginners and all ages. I will be a Co-starters facilitator for the Fern Ridge community, which is a small rural region based at the foothills of the Oregon Coast range, beginning in March 2022.
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.
Bret Carpenter - Facilitator
I enjoy helping people learn new skills so they can start and grow businesses and strive to assist new entrepreneurs and existing business owners to be more successful in their endeavors. I facilitate progress with clients by teaching classes in entrepreneurship, facilitating business workshops, meeting with businesses one on one, and supporting rural community leaders that are trying to build up more entrepreneurial activity.
I have extensive business experience, a technology background, and strong coaching skills to help you be a more effective entrepreneur and community leader. I currently teaches entrepreneurship and other business classes at Oregon State University in the College of Business.
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.