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CORE

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

Our Fall 2021 Core Classes Have Launched

If you are interested in upcoming Get Started Workshops (which are a precursor to CORE) or being notified when we launch Spring Core programs please let us know by "Registering Your Interest" below.

Core Northeast Oregon launched 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 launched 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

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

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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
CO.STARTERS CORE CLASS

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

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.


2020 RESULTS

147 Cohorts and 2095 Participants


77%

female


I know my next steps.

Before: 35%

  • After: 97%
  • Impact: +45%



26%

age 45+


I feel connected and supported by my community

Before: 70%

  • After: 79%
  • Impact: +13%



39%

BIPOC


I know how to start and lead a venture

Before: 30%

  • After: 90%
  • Impact: +55%



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.

 

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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