The Winchester Downtown Program (WDPC) is set to kick off its first CO.STARTERS nine-week cohort on September 11, 2018. This program is made possible through a Tennessee Economic and Community Development Main Street Entrepreneur Grant. The program will be held each Tuesday evening through November 6, 2018 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Winchester Livery 122 N. Jefferson St. located just off the historic Winchester Square.
If you have an idea for a business, or you are an existing business looking to become more sustainable or launch a new product or service, this program is for you.
CO.STARTERS is a nine-week, cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs and small business owners of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. Participants enter into a facilitator-led, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of 10-15 like-minded peers. CO.STARTERS certified facilitators are experienced business owners from the community who guide participants through the program by asking the right questions, drawing on the knowledge in the room, and using available resources and connections in the community to point participants in the right direction. Over the nine weeks, they develop and fine-tune their ideas using the CO.STARTERS Canvas, critically examining every part and determining next steps through real-time feedback from people in the community. Participants leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable venture, articulate their models, and repeat the process with the next great idea.