About the Program

Our 2024 Program Begins on May 8!


The $1,000 Start-Ups Program occurs once each year with a group of entrepreneurs with a vision for starting their own business. The curriculum provides education, resources, and support for  entrepreneurship, financial management, and life skills offered at no cost to adults with up to $1,000 business start-up funding.

The Program is open to anyone over the age of eighteen.  Candidates selected for the program must be able to support themselves, or have a means of support, for at least two years after launching their business.

Two weekly one hour meetings held virtually via Zoom.

$1,000 Start-Ups offers the training, tools, and coaching to provide what’s needed at each business stage, including:

  • Making the decision to start a business
  • Deciding what business is right for you
  • How to minimize your financial investment
  • How to build your brand
  • How to market your business
  • Registering you business and taxes
  • How to operate profitably

How It Works:

Set Yourself and Your Business Up For Success

  • Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, and Life Skills Training. (Zoom and In-Person)
  • Each week’s homework applies what you’ve learned in the virtual incubator as you establish your business and prepare to run it successfully.
  • Prototype Fair: Moves your business from concept to reality with the Cohort, displaying your products or service concept to friends, family, grantors, donors, and Consortium members.

Launch Your Business, Build Your Network and Customer Base

  • Classes continue through Phase II so you can immediately apply what you learn to your successful business launch.
  • Small Business Fair I: Display with area businesses. After the fair, review results with the class
  • Small Business Fair II: Promote your business with social media and display with area businesses.
  • Small Business Fair III: Display with area businesses and celebrate your Graduation.

$1,000 Start-Ups In Action