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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 2024 cohort will meet in-person at the University of Montevallo Michael E. Stephens College of Business, Stephens Hall classroom 212. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 6-9 PM starting August 27 and ending October 22, with a celebration to be held October 24.

Apply online at this link

Funding for this project was supplied (in part) by Cawaco RC&D, Inc.

We are currently accepting additional sponsors for our 2024 cohort. Learn more at this link!  


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.