APPALACHIA KENTUCKY – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR) is now accepting applications for CO.STARTERS Rebuild, a 10-week, live-facilitated virtual program that helps small businesses impacted by COVID-19 refocus, stabilize, and build toward long-term recovery.
Entrepreneurs who participate in the CO.STARTERS Rebuild program will be able to confidently move forward with actionable next steps for their business, identify creative solutions, find both short-term and long-term financial stability, and adapt in an uncertain environment. Participants will work with a certified facilitator and dedicated group of peers in a series of 2.5 hour virtual sessions, covering topics that help them adapt and remodel their business to meet changing customer needs. The program uses a simple e-learning platform and live-facilitated video sessions that stream to any computer or mobile device, as well as a physical binder to help participants work through the content offline between sessions.
The Rebuild program is part of a five-step small business “Road to Recovery” framework created by CO.STARTERS, an international entrepreneur support network with more than a decade of experience supporting successful entrepreneurs. CO.STARTERS Rebuild uses a proven model to guide small business owners through effective business modeling methods in a simple and intuitive way, while connecting them to a supportive community of peers and mentors.
Rebuild in Appalachia Kentucky will be hosted by SOAR. SOAR is a SOAR is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that is a champion for Appalachia Kentucky. Through a collective impact model, SOAR works to expand job creation, enhance regional opportunity, innovation, and identity, and support all those working to achieve these goals in Appalachia Kentucky. SOAR’s work is guided by its Blueprint for the Future of Appalachia. One of the seven goals outlined in the Blueprint is to support Entrepreneurship in the Digital Economy.
Valued at more than $500, the Rebuild program is being offered during this challenging time to local businesses, entrepreneurs, and freelancers throughout Appalachia Kentucky for a reduced rate of $50 through the generous support of SOAR’s partners. The 10-session CO.STARTERS Rebuild program will begin on Tuesday, July 14 and meet weekly.
To apply, visit https://www.soarinnovation.tech/costarters. The deadline for applications is July 8.
“Entrepreneurs throughout history have found transformative opportunities during challenges,” said Jared Arnett, executive director of SOAR. “We know that there are entrepreneurs across our region with ideas that have the potential to be disruptive and reach customers far beyond where the business is planted. We are excited to collaborate with CO.STARTERS and to build greater capacity around tech-based and tech-enabled entrepreneurship.”
Small businesses are a major economic driver for local economies and have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, but often do not receive the same level of support as larger employers. With the Rebuild program, CO.STARTERS aims to narrow that gap.
“With many small business owners across the country feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and alone, we built Rebuild and the Road to Recovery model to cut through the debilitating flood of information and resources and help entrepreneurs find confidence to take the first steps toward recovery through these uncertain times,” said Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder. “This framework, support group, and set of curated resources provides business owners with the knowledge, confidence, and connectedness to take decisive action when it matters most.”
For more information about CO.STARTERS network and initiatives, visit costarters.co. To learn about the Rebuild program in Appalachia Kentucky, visit https://www.soarinnovation.tech/costarters.