‘Co.Starters’ coming to Cookeville, McMinnville

Business bootcamp kicks off Oct. 5

Biz FoundryCOOKEVILLE – The Biz Foundry, the Upper Cumberland’s entrepreneur center, will host Co.Starters, a business bootcamp designed to turn business ideas into action, starting next month. The program, which is open to the public, is for all entrepreneurs and start-up businesses looking to turn ideas into reality.

The program will be held in Cookeville at The Biz Foundry, 140 W. Seventh St. Participants will meet for seven weeks from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Oct. 5 and ending Nov. 16.

The program will also be held in McMinnville at the McMinnville/Warren County Chamber, 110 S. Court Square. Participants will meet for seven weeks from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Oct. 6 and ending Nov. 17.

“There are a lot of people out there with good ideas,” Jeff Brown, Biz Foundry president, said. “Co.Starters is a proven way to build a business around those good ideas.”

The Biz Foundry last offered Co.Starters in May and June. What are the prerequisites? Just having a business idea ready to share and pursue in addition to 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 for this program. Some topics we will cover include marketing, customer growth, IP, pricing, cash flow and business models.

The cost for Co.Starters is $150 per person with discounts for two or more team members. Food, drinks and material will be provided for both programs at each location. Facilitators for the program are experienced entrepreneurs that are well-connected in the community. They will share the challenges faced while starting and growing their businesses and help participants take the next practical steps to start or grow their business.

For more information, call (912) 713-3230, email mike@thebizfoundry.org, or visit http://bit.ly/CoStartersBootCamp.

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