James J. Hill Center Statement Regarding Current Closure

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Curriculum Structure

During CO.STARTERS you’ll develop and fine-tune your business idea. By honing your business and updating your approach based on real feedback and customer demand, you’ll gain the skills you need to develop a viable business model.

  • Week 1: Knowing Yourself
    Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles
  • Week 2: Knowing Your Customer
    Problem, Solution, Benefit, Competition, Advantage, Customer
  • Week 3: Getting the Relationship Right
    Marketing & Message; Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers
  • Week 4: Building the Model to Scale
    Starting Small, Distribution, Revenue, Typical Sale, Price
  • Week 5: Strengthening Your Structure
    Business Structures, Licenses, IP, Hiring
  • Week 6: Discovering the Bottom Line
    Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Break-Event Point
  • Week 7: Accounting for Growth
    Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Accounting
  • Week 8: Planning for the Future
    Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Pitch Prep
  • Week 9: Sharing your Story
    Crafting a Pitch, Understanding Ongoing Support for Moving Forward
  • Week 10: Pitch & Celebration 


Patrons with accessibility needs please access our ground floor elevator entrance via Kellogg Ave at the back of the building. Please ring the doorbell on the right hand side of door and a Hill staff member will assist you. If you have questions or concerns please call 651.265.5500. We look forward to having you visit.