Fall Co.Starters Cohort begins September 19

Published 4:42 pm Friday, September 16, 2022

The Rural Business Training Center (RBTC) is offering the CO.STARTERS Core Program. This is a 10-week, cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action.

During this 10-week program, participants develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining every part and determining next steps through real-time feedback from people in the community.

The CO.STARTERS program is structured in weekly three-hour sessions covering the following topics: Week 1: Knowing Yourself Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles. Week 2: Knowing Your Customer Customer, Problem, Alternatives, Solution, Benefit, Advantage. Week 3: Getting the Relationship Right Marketing, Message & Getting Customers. Week 4: Building the Model to Scale Starting Small, Distribution, Revenue, Typical Sale, Price.

Week 5: Strengthening Your Structure Business Structures, Legal Considerations. Week 6: Discovering Your Bottom Line Startup & Ongoing Needs, Costs, Breaking Even. Week 7: Accounting for Growth Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Accounting. Week 8: Planning for the Future Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Pitch Prep. Week 9: Celebration Night.

Participants in the CO.STARTERS 10-week program leave with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business and a process for figuring out whether or not an idea is good and how to change it to make it work.

They will leave with the ability to articulate how their businesses work, the next steps needed to move forward. A community of peers, mentors, business services, and a global network of support.

The Fall 2022 Cohort (Face-to-Face) is held each Monday, Sept 19 – Nov 21, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm weekly. Location: 103 W. Washington St. Demopolis. For more information, go online to rbtcinc.org to register or call 334-216-4597. The cost of the class is $250. Scholarships are available on a limited basis.