In this series of Small Business, Big Thinkers, we are highlighting the entrepreneurs we have worked with through our Accelerator cohort called CoStarters cohort, who later moved on to graduate from our Business Plan course, the first of which took place earlier this year. The participating small business owners developed their small business plan, and then later presented it to a committee made up of local community and business leaders. Participants received a participant support stipend made possible by a New Energy New York (NENY) grant to support them in their next small business goals. These are their stories.
Brian connected with Incubator Works during what he calls “the growth stage” of his business after some online research. “I was in Corning looking for opportunities to network and expand my business, and after some research, I showed up at their doorsteps in Painted Post. Though they weren’t available to chat too much right away, they gave me a flier to the accelerator cohort.” Though Brian felt confident in doing his work, he felt he needed more knowledge on how to run a business properly. “I just love Nancy (Kirby), she is the best,” he said. “If she was teaching a class, I couldn’t miss it. I was concerned that my business didn’t have a full underlying business plan, it was wholly reliant on me and what was in my head.”
Brian found the that Business Plan course provided him with the validation he felt he needed that his business idea was viable and that he had a good chance to succeed while also giving him a better understanding of the market and his place in it. “From the moment the class finished to the current date my revenue has increased by at least a third.” Though distance to some of the classes is a challenge, Brian says he would like to do more classes offered through IW. “I recommend that any small business near IW go for it,” he said, adding, “IW has a number of incredible people doing incredible things.”
IncubatorWorks wishes Brian continued success! For more information about our CoStarters program, as well as our Business Plan Development program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.