New entrepreneur class offered by TCAT

 Carolyn Denton of the Fayetteville/Lincoln Co Chamber of Commerce on the left and Lori Shotts of TCAT Shelbyville-Lincoln Central campus discussing the upcoming CO.STARTERS 

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville is starting a new class for students and community members! The class is designed for people who would like to have their own business or people who have their own business and want to sustain it. The class will use a program through an organization called CO.STARTERS, with whom TCAT Shelbyville has partnered to bring exciting new opportunities for business growth in our areas. This class was made possible by a grant that TCAT Shelbyville was awarded from the USDA Rural Development program. Bringing in new locally owned businesses is a way to help economic growth and development here, as well as maintain a thriving community. CO.STARTERS helps communities build vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems by equipping them with the best tools and resources needed to support starters of all kinds. Building on initial grassroots efforts with starters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, CO.STARTERS now has a global reach with thousands participating in its programs annually. What does the class involve? CO.STARTERS Core is a three-month, cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs 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. Over ten sessions, 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. This is a program that can help TCAT graduates who wish to have their own businesses in their areas of certification, community members who always wanted to have their own business but did not know where to start, and small business owners who want to stay in business, be knowledgeable in techniques for sustainability, and network with others! Individuals wishing to take part in the class will be able to do so at a significantly reduced rate due to the grant funding. The cost is $75 for the ten-week course. The course begins on September 15, 2020 at Lincoln Central Academy from 4-7 PM and September 17 at TCAT Shelbyville from 4-7 PM. To become a part of this great network, please sign up at under “Supplemental and General Interest Programs” on the program tab. Specify which location you will be attending. Spots are limited due to the nature of the class. For more information and assistance, you may also contact Lori Shotts at the Lincoln Central Academy campus at 931-433-2235.