On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Hawkins County CO.STARTERS cohort graduated 8 participants from the program with a formal pitch night held at the Downtown Kingsport Association.
CO.STARTERS is a nine-week cohort based program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor.
Over the nine weeks, participants learn all about the important foundational elements of starting and running a small business. Topics such as creating a viable product for the market, knowing your customer, building relationships, securing funding, accounting and taxes, legal obligations, marketing, and planning for the future are covered.
This course is perfect for anyone who has an idea, a startup, or even a current business and would like to learn more about creating a sustainable venture. Whether you’re a young millennial looking to start your first adventure or you’re an experienced professional looking for a change of pace, this session is open to all.
The Hawkins County graduates came from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and represented multiple business ideas. Bonnie Macdonald, Executive Director Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, facilitated the program, guiding the participants through discussions and exploring the weekly topics together.
2017 Hawkins County CO.STARTERS Graduates:
- John Cannon and Gabe Tocci, Agatha, Health and Wellness Game App
- James Eaton, Thought Box Media, Social Media Management
- John Kloosterman, SGSC, Business Consulting
- Jody Perry, Sync.Space, Co-working for entrepreneurs and location-independent workers
- Chace Vineski, A-ha Innovations, Safety Apparatus for Weightlifting
- John Wyatt and Jarrett Wyatt, Zombie Cat, Graphic Design
(Pictured L-R: Chace Vineski, Bonnie Macdonald, Jarrett Wyatt, Gabe Tocci, James Eaton, John Cannon, and John Wyatt. Not pictured: Jody Perry and John Kloosterman)