August 2022 Prototype Fair

September 4, 2022

Our Board of Directors outlined the Six Tenets of $1000 Start-Ups at the 2022 Prototype Fair

$1000 Start-Ups Prototype Fairs are an essential experience for our Cohort as they learn all aspects of business operations. This event, as in everything we do, reflects the tenets on which the organization is based. 

At the August 2022 Prototype Fair held at the Peck Center Gymnasium, our Board of Directors outlined these tenets.

Prior to the Small Business Fairs held 3x per year, the Cohort prepares for the Prototype Fair to which a select group of constituents, including family, friends, board members, partners, consortium members and supporters, are invited. This provides the Cohort with direct practical experience in preparation and execution of presenting their business to the public in a supportive, collaborative environment. 


In class and through the experience of Prototype Fair, Cohort members learn the benefits and logistics of marketing directly to the public. From their “elevator pitch” to setting up a display to payment processing, they are equipped to present their business. The prototype fair provides a sort of “dress rehearsal” at which they receive constructive and practical feedback from guests and from one another.


Shana's Sweet Shop & Kitchen
Stargirl Organics

Experiencing the many aspects of starting and growing a business as a Cohort provides support, feedback and the exchange of ideas for each member. This group experience fosters confidence, leadership, collaboration, and increases the likelihood of success.



The Cohort’s relationship with the Consortium members offers a broader network of resources and support as past participants in the program and local small business owners share their own experiences and ideas as they mentor and encourage Cohort members throughout the process.


Coast One Tours

Our broad network of local business, non-profit, religous, education, and law enforcement organizations are committed to supporting our mission to provide education, tools, and resources for entrepreneurs in underserved communities.  They provide Cohort members with connections to the local community and positive and constructive feedback as they establish their small businesses.



The Prototype Fair might be called a “dress rehearsal” for the upcoming Small Business Fair.  Cohort members experience a true sense of the local community throughout the process from learning about local resources to collaborations with fellow business owners and presenting their brand publicly.


$kSU Prototype Fair Aug 2022

The strategic methods applied in $1000 Start-Ups are aimed to build and support a consortium of successful businesses. This requires a tremendous commitment from all participants, to both their businesses and to the program. The opportunity to plan, prepare, and execute a presentation at the Prototype Fair is the culmination of all that has been learned so far in the program. 

Hear directly from the 2022 Cohort about their experiences in
$1000 Start-Ups

August 2022 Cohort
Prototype Fair Participating Businesses

Amelia Medicare Solutions
Art Every Day by Raven
Celestial Sorcery
Coast One Tours

Dani’s Way
Fernandina Beasts
Jewels by Serena
LOA Art & Print

Maria’s Sweet Stop
Shana’s Sweet Shop and Kitchen
Stargirl Organic

Fall 4 Small Business Fair
October 1, 10am – 2pm

Fall for Small Biz Cover

Our annual Fall for Small Business Fair, supporting our 2022 Cohort and our small business community will be held on Saturday, October 1st, from 10am to 2pm in the Peck Center Gymnasium.

Come out and support the entrepreneurial spirit of Nassau County!

Sign ups for Vendors are still available!

Contact us for more info!

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Your tax deductible donation to $1000 Start-Ups helps us to continue to provide training, support, and opportunities for the development of small business in our community.


Community members are encouraged to attend the fairs to discover new and existing small business and to support economic growth in the local community.