#Startup802 Update – Student Businesses Up and Running in Bennington, VT

We’ve had 5 classes of #Startup802 – The Entrepreneurial Mindset here in Bennington, VT in conjunction with CCV and The Lightning Jar, and here are some updates on some of the participants in our programs.

Class #1 – Fall 2017

Michelle Marrocco is growing her practice offering voice and violin lessons. Check out her website at https://mmarrocco.com

Class #2 – Late Spring 2018

Forest Byrd continues to contribute to the arts scene here in Bennington with Bennington Murals and Story Night Bennington

Class #3 – Fall 2018

Beth and Jonathan Dow opened The Beyond Art Gallery and Gift Shop in August 2019. Their current showcase TEXTURES is on display through December 1st, 2019

Class #4 – Spring 2019

Kamryn Capriola continues to grow her e-commerce business on Poshmark

Class #5 – Fall 2019

“Homer” is growing his towing business for hire here in Bennington, Homer’s Transport. Call for a scheduled or emergency tow at 802-440-5284 or check out his website

We’ll post more updates soon on other participants in our first 5 classes. Our next course will be offered in Spring 2020 on Wednesday nights from 6-830 at CCV in January.

TrepCon at Fordham University

On Saturday, February 23, Robert Braathe traveled down to New York City to experience Fordham University 8th annual TrepCon. TrepCon is an event put on every year by the Fordham Entrepreneurship society and Fordham Gabelli School of Business, the day consisted of speakers and panels across many different fields discussing their successes in entrepreneurship and the advice they would give to someone who is looking to start their own journey into the world of entrepreneurship. The conference had many valuable speakers from sucessful business owners to sucessful alumi. The final speaker Randy Goldberg Co-founder of Bombas, the revolutionary sock company that has not only created a sock with arch support, but with each pair of socks sold a pair is given to a person in need. Randy spoke about how his idea came to be and the motivation behind creating a company that gives as much as it gets. A smart marketing move by Randy was he gave everyone who attended the conference a free pair of Bombas socks to test out. Overall it was a great conference that I would recommend to anyone who is looking to go into the field of entrepreneurship. Check out the website here: TrepCon

Treocon shirt

Startup Weekend at Ignite U NY

On March 30, during startup weekend at Ignite U NY founder and entrepreneurial advisors of BE Your Start Robert Braathe came into Ignite U to mentor the startup before the final day of startup weekend to talk to the teams about essential topics such as customer discovery and how properly network and survey for your business. He also spent time with the Startups individually to answer any questions they might have.  For the competition aspect of Startup weekend, Robert donated in-kind services to the top 3 winners of the startup weekend. For more information on what startup weekend is, check out the video down below:

BEYourStart Brick and Mortar Supporter Program 2018

Need inventory for your business or equipment? BEYourStart is accepting proposals for $250-2000 no-interest loans (and in some cases, grants or equity investments) to help you get inventory or equipment for your business. Write to us at beyourstart@braatheenterprises.com with:

  1. The Name of Your Company
  2. How You Would Use The Funds
  3. How Soon You Can Pay Them Back
  4. How This Investment Will Benefit You and Your Company (100 words or less)

 

Early Startup Community Tips

Startup Communities always start out small and become bigger well known communities. Many of these communities are outside of branded and popular startups such as Silicon Valley. There comes many tips on how to become a successful start up in your own community by effectively knowing how to recruit the right people and having planned ahead. Here are tips and recommendations for entrepreneurs looking to create a startups in their community.