Montevallo Main Street is a member of the CO.STARTERS network. Learn more at CO.STARTERS!
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 business ideas into action. The only real prerequisites to joining the program are (1) having an idea, (2) being willing to question, shape and fine-tune that idea, and (3) being willing to talk about the idea with others. Participants enter into a facilitator-led, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of 10-15 like-minded peers. Working together, participants develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining every part and determining next steps through real-time feedback from people in the community, using a simplified version of the Business Model Canvas. This approach enables entrepreneurs to rapidly uncover flaws in their concepts and find viable models more quickly. Participants leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate their models, and repeat the process with the next great idea.
Our Fall 2022 cohort will meet in-person at the University of Montevallo Michael E. Stephens College of Business, Stephens Hall classroom 212. Classes will be held every week on Tuesdays from 6-9 PM, starting on September 13. Limited space is available. We are offering an introductory course fee of $99 per entrepreneur.
Maggie has worked as a financial planner and advisor since 2004, and has owned her own planning and investment firm since 2015. She is passionate about her community and has volunteered as chair of Trustees and a deacon for her church, and as a planning member of the boards for Parks and Recreation, Main Street Economic Vitality and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama. This variety of community service and professional experience, along with her passion for local entrepreneurship uniquely positions Maggie as a facilitator.
Herman offers program participants invaluable insights and expertise gained from a widely varied career in community development, non-profit management, municipal government, food service, and both commercial and residential real estate. Herman retired from service as the City of Montevallo’s City Clerk and Treasurer in 2020 and is currently co-owner of both Keys to the City Community Coaching, LLC and Team Lehman, LLC. He is also a founding member of Montevallo Main Street program and serves as chair of the Shoal Creek Park Foundation.