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Launch1000 Offers Guidance to New Businesses

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The Westchester County Office of Economic Development today announced a new program for county residents who may want to create home-based income streams or launch new businesses or nonprofits. Launch1000 is an innovative, fully remote, self-paced program designed to turn concepts and ideas into business plans and startups. With Launch1000, we hope to jumpstart 1000 new businesses, providing new income streams for people who want to work for themselves, work from home, or launch a new business and control their economic future.

Whether someone is just beginning to explore an idea, hopes to create an avenue for working from home, aspires to create a business to support and improve their local community, or already has a concrete business concept, Launch1000 provides the tools to test ideas and move forward. Equally suitable for small, home-based businesses, large scale businesses, nonprofits, or social enterprises, it is not necessary to already have an idea, in order to join Launch1000.

As participants move through the phases of the program, they will receive feedback and coaching from experienced entrepreneurs, as well as introductions to relevant organizations and individuals within the Westchester business community. The program is completely online, so it can be completed from the safety of home, and is open to residents anywhere in the County.  To ensure that a lack of technology does not prevent anyone from applying to the program, the Westchester County Office of Economic Development will provide laptops to residents who need them.

Led by entrepreneurial expert Pam Hoelzle, who has coached tens of thousands of early stage entrepreneurs, Launch1000 requires a commitment of 10-hours per week and is designed to help businesses launch within the next six months. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply early, as those who are accepted and meet specific performance milestones by mid-December 2020 may be eligible to receive startup grants. Applications will be reviewed, and participants admitted, on a weekly basis until the 1000 slots have been filled.

Applications will open soon and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. So get on the list to be one of the first to apply.

Info and ability to submit your email at https://westchestercatalyst.com/launch1000/

Email questions to: Business-FIRST@westchestergov.com

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