Energize your
Main Street through entrepreneurship.

Simple business programs to help creative ventures thrive

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starting made simple

Help entrepreneurs build thriving businesses.

Business doesn't have to be daunting. Our proven programs and tools equip anyone with an idea to confidently start, grow, and thrive.

All of our entrepreneurship programs are designed for a cohort learning environment, where entrepreneurs can learn together and from each other.

Join the network trusted by over 300 communities to jumpstart your community’s entrepreneurial talent today.

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“CO.STARTERS is an invaluable cornerstone of our work with aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs, helping us to turn local talent and dedication into new businesses.”
- buddy palmer, Create birmingham

About us

Entrerpeneurship isn't a solo sport.

Our proven programs and tools equip anyone with an idea to confidently start, grow, and thrive.

Join the network trusted by over 300 communities to help entrepreneurs move forward and turn their ideas into action.

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impact

A Decade of
Entrepreneur Support

300+

Communities Served

92%

Business Launch Rate

21,400+

Small Businesses Supported

97%

Business 1-Year Survival Rate
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resources for entrepreneurs

Launch your thriving business.

Start, build, and grow your small business with one of our local partners. We've supported over 21,000 entrepreneurs in over 300 locations around the country. Successful businesses are born into a supportive community. Find yours today.

our programs

Turn ideas to action.

Knowledge is powerful—as long as you use it! Our interactive programs break down business concepts with language that is simple and easy to understand. This way, entrepreneurs can focus on the practical steps of building their businesses.

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about us

We started on Main Street.

Once a local arts initiative in Chattanooga, we've now transformed over 300 communities around the world. The secret? We trust creative entrepreneurs to lead the way—we just equip them with the tools they need to thrive.

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