Shaping Our Appalachian Region is taking applications through Sept. 27 for a “Co. Starters” program. 

SOAR describes the program as a “nine-week business accelerator program,” geared to give entrepreneurs the tools they need to launch a new business or help people with existing businesses gain information about marketing, financing and leveraging technology to operate more efficiently or reach new customers online.

Classes start during the week of Oct. 7. In Floyd County, they will be held at the Brickhouse Restaurant in Prestonsburg. 

Participants will meet once weekly for three hours for nine weeks. Guest speakers will include leaders in marketing, branding, legal and finance agencies, as well as entrepreneurs. 

Co. Starters, a Tennessee-based company, started as a way to revitalize a town there. It has grown to expand both nationally and globally, providing a “community-based approach to economic development called entrepreneurial ecosystem building.”

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