SMCL is Helping Aspiring Entrepreneurs!



The San Mateo County Library is getting into the business of helping aspiring entrepreneurs start their own!
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Would you like to work with experienced entrepreneurs in gaining greater understanding on how to make your business succeed and grow?

Are you an experienced entrepreneur? Would you like to share your experience starting and running a business with the next generation of entrepreneurs?

SMCL is launching the entrepreneurial cohort program CO.STARTERS in May 2016. This program brings aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs together for a series of workshops designed to share skills necessary to succeed in starting a small business.


CO.STARTERS is a platform to help communities grow local business. This nine-week program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. Unlike traditional platforms, CO.STARTERS applies the lean business modeling methods popular among high-growth startups to businesses of all kinds.

How does it work?

Participants enter into a facilitator-led, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of like-minded peers. Working together, participants identify their assumptions about why and how their businesses will work, and then talk to customers in order to validate their ideas. 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.

Being a CO.STARTERS Participant

Working with local entrepreneurs and fellow aspiring entrepreneurs, participants in CO. STARTERS will gain the knowledge and perspective necessary to turn a passion in a sustainable and thriving endeavor.

Being a CO.STARTERS Mentor/Facilitator

We also seek experienced entrepreneurs who are passionate about giving back to the San Mateo County business community. If you are interested in sharing hard-earned experience and entrepreneurial wisdom with aspiring entrepreneurs, then we invite you to be a leader in our CO.STARTERS program. Program leaders will serve as facilitators and mentors for this exciting program.

We are currently recruiting participants and facilitators for our next cohort scheduled for August 2016!

Are you ready to make your business dreams into reality (participant)? Apply here!

Are you ready to lead the next generation of San Mateo County entrepreneurs (mentor/facilitator)? Apply here!


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Author Bio:

Community Services Librarian Alex Perez is organizing the CO.STARTERS program for our county. For questions on the program, he can be reached via email.

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