Are you a seasoned entrepreneur, or someone who is new to the game? Thanks in part to a grant from the Washington State Microenterprise Association, Washington State Department of Commerce, and the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), the Vibe in Poulsbo is launching a new, five-month micro business accelerator program beginning next month that will provide 10 current or aspiring local entrepreneurs with a slew of resources designed to help them take their business to the next level.
Applications are due by midnight, Sunday February 5th.
“By the end of the program, participants will be armed with a rock-solid business plan, key marketing assets, and a village of peers and expert advisors who will continue to rally around them with support, resources and connections as they launch and scale their venture,” said Alanna Imbach, founder and CEO of The Vibe (https://vibecoworks.com/), a co-working center similar to OfficeXpats (https://www.officexpats.com/) on Bainbridge Island.
Imbach said there are a slew of benefits to being selected for the program. They include:
- highly personalized technical assistance
- one-on-one and small group business coaching
- coworking membership + private office access at Vibe Coworks
- 8-week intensive business plan training course (optional, but recommended!)
- monthly lunchtime lightning talks + peer networking on key topics (optional, but recommended!)
- marketing assets, including professional head shots and a business intro video
- a supportive peer community
- access to follow-on opportunities that may include capital, talent development, and storytelling resources
“There are no limitations on business type, stage, revenue or geography (so long as you can make it in to Vibe Coworks for our in-person activities),” Imbach noted. The Vibe Coworks office is located at 19225 8th Ave NE Suite 201, Poulsbo. The organization also has an office in Bremerton.
Imbach said entrepreneurs who have traditionally been excluded from business ownership opportunities and resources, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), people with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ+ people, and returning citizens “are especially encouraged to apply.”
In addition to program participants, Imbach said Vibe Coworks is currently accepting applications from experienced business leaders interested in sharing their time and expertise as mentors and coaches.
“If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor or coach,” Imbach added, “please ask them to complete the mentor intake form found here.
What’s more, Imbach, encouraged followers of her company to read a recent news story in further support of budding entrepreneurs: Vibe Coworks and Kitsap Bank announce launch of Matchstick Lab to support entrepreneurs
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