Co.Starters has been nationally acclaimed for its success in rural areas, and for the success of its entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs. Participants are welcome even if they’re still in the ideation phase.
This model is built on the engagement and support of the community and region in which it exists. That means we need something very simple – you.
We need your years of experience, your patience, your guidance, and your time. In order to build an entrepreneurial culture, we need you to get in the game. If you choose to be a part of the solution, you basically have three ways to do it, be a guest speaker, facilitator, or mentor every Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. starting September 2 through November 4.
If you want to be a guest speaker:
These speakers will help new entrepreneurs learn from their experiences, enrich the perspective of participants, and help provide a foundational base of knowledge for those starting out.
Best of all, the time commitment for this is about an hour or so. Responsibilities include; Signing up for the specific topic/night and preparing/presenting educational material (in your area of expertise).
If you want to be a facilitator:
You don’t have to be the expert on anything. We just need you to help guide conversations and get participants to ask the right questions of each other.
Facilitators will be instrumental in making the right connections in the community, to point participants in the right direction. A strong Facilitator must enjoy working with groups and have a passion for helping other entrepreneurs succeed.
Responsibilities include; Complete Co.starters Facilitator Training (1 day), facilitate one 3 hour class, host “office hours” for participants/cohorts to provide one-on-one guidance outside of scheduled sessions, and share connections and facilitates introductions in the community.
If you want to become a mentor:
Mentors bring depth to this experience. They meet with participants individually to provide guidance, connections, and support. They are the second most involved person in these entrepreneur’s experience (only to the business coach at the HIVE). Responsibilities include; Fill out the mentor form and be available to answer questions and meet with businesses.
If we’re going to get these businesses up and running, we don’t have a lot of time. If you think you can contribute, or just want to know more, contact me, HIVE Director Joe Carlucci at JCarlucci@NRGRDA.org or 304.254.8115.
Without your contribution – this can’t happen. If this doesn’t happen, we’ll continue to see decreasing numbers of local business, revenue flowing out of state, and populations decreasing.
You have the power to change the future. Now, all you have to do is reply! Also, if you are reading this and know of someone who would be perfect for one of these roles, please pass it along. This is a truly community based model, and we’re counting on you spreading the word.
We sincerely thank you for working with us to improve the future of this region.