What is required for CO.STARTERS facilitators to maintain their certification?

2022-03-21T19:41:18-04:00January 12th, 2022|, , |

To maintain Certified Facilitator status, CO.STARTERS facilitators must participate in ongoing certification activities.   Designed to be an easy lift and enjoyable, these certification activities provide opportunities to increase your knowledge around entrepreneurship and facilitation, to connect with the CO.STARTERS community, and to strengthen your understanding of the CO.STARTERS brand and beliefs. To maintain certification, [...]

How can I be more flexible with program content? I’d like add some information that is relevant to our cohort.

2022-03-21T19:45:00-04:00August 10th, 2021|, |

This is one of the larger improvements we made to the new Core (2020). Look for a blue icon that looks like two circling arrows in each session. (For example, see page 1.12 of the new Core.) One section of content in each session will be designated with this “skip/swap” icon. This section can [...]

I am facilitating a virtual cohort and some people never turn on their video. Is that acceptable? If not, how do I encourage full participation?

2022-03-21T19:58:54-04:00August 10th, 2021|, |

This is a common situation and requires effective communication on your part. During Session 1, when you share the philosophy of CO.STARTERS and the value of the cohort, explain how important it is that we all feel connected and trust one another. This will best happen when we share our visual presence, so all [...]

Do you list MLMs or franchisees in the Gift Guide?

2020-10-23T19:22:34-04:00October 23rd, 2020||

While we support small businesses and solopreneurs of all kinds, in the CO.STARTERS Gift Guide we focus on businesses that are built around unique products and services, and the stories of how their founders turned those ideas into businesses. To help maintain that focus, we do not list businesses who are independent contractors who sell [...]

What is a Get Started workshop?

2020-11-10T11:31:13-05:00October 13th, 2020|, |

Created using the CO.STARTERS model, this three-hour workshop helps participants work together to explore their ideas through the CO.STARTERS Canvas, learn how to refine their business model through meaningful customer feedback, and define their next steps. The Get Started Workshop can be used as a recruiting tool for the longer CO.STARTERS Core program. If [...]

What is a Refocus workshop?

2020-11-10T11:36:54-05:00October 13th, 2020|, |

This two-hour workshop helps participants find the focus and clarity needed to shift their mindset and find a new way forward. Participants determine the immediate next steps needed to stabilize their business, re-examine their ventures using the CO.STARTERS Canvas, strategize how to better solve their customers’ changing needs, and learn how to adapt or [...]

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