Project Description

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Current Cohorts

Groups will meet on Mondays for 10-weeks.

August 1 – October 3, 2022
Application Deadline:
July 8, 2022

Exception: Tuesday, Sept. 6
Location: EmBe Downtown
Session 1: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Session 2: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

March 6 – May 15, 2023
Application Deadline:
February 6, 2023

Location: EmBe Downtown
Session 1: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Session 2: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Pricing

The current price of the program is free. EmBe will provide free childcare for the 6:00-9:00 p.m. session. If needed, transportation will be provided.

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If you are thinking about starting something new,
CO.STARTERS might be perfect for you.

CO.STARTERS is a program designed to provide you with the insights, relationships, and tools to turn your idea into action and a sustainable business.

Who is CO.STARTERS for?

EmBe is working alongside Startup Sioux Falls to launch a CO.STARTERS Business Accelerator Program to support aspiring business owners. EmBe celebrates the leadership of women and CO.STARTERS at EmBe will facilitate women dreaming of starting a business. If you’re an aspiring female entrepreneur, or a seasoned entrepreneur looking to launch a new product or service, CO.STARTERS is for you. The one requirement is that you have a concept you are ready to test and willing to study, shape and fine-tune in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment. If you’re creative, community-minded, and serious about turning your passion into a thriving business, we want you.

The CO.STARTER Curriculum

Session 1: Knowing Yourself
Session 2: Knowing Your Customer
Session 3: Find the Right Solution
Session 4: Getting the Relationship Right
Session 5: Building Blocks
Session 6: Structures & Systems
Session 7: Discovering the Bottom Line
Session 8: Financial Modeling
Session 9: Planning for Growth
Session 10: Celebration Night

The CO.STARTER Facilitator

Rana DeBoer portraitRana DeBoer is a passionate, skilled professional at fueling people’s energy for high performance. You will frequently hear her say “culture is a continuous people energy” when working with her clients as she helps them design and live an exceptional workplace culture. Rana has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, culture engineering, peak performance, and individual and organizational effectiveness. Through aligning business and human needs, she is known for delivering a positive and sustainable impact to all she encounters. Her artful facilitation and eye for strategic vision are grounded in human-centric design that has helped hundreds of leaders build effective systems in Culture, Leadership, Human Resources, Safety, Well-Being, Social Impact, and Organizational Communications. As a community leader, Rana actively serves on several boards and provides support to local service organizations. She is well known as an inspiring writer, speaker, and coach focused on an encouraging “can-do, time is now, take action” message.

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This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to Startup Sioux Falls, which is piloting an expanded version of its CO.STARTERS business accelerator program to support underserved founders.

Learn more about the Community Navigator Pilot Program here.