Promoting and Providing Economic and Reentry Opportunity

The $1,000 Start-Ups’ Program

provides economic and re-entry opportunity by training and funding low cost business start-ups (based on need) for entrepreneurs from traditionally marginalized or at-risk communities.

PHASE I: Set Yourself and Your Business Up For Success

  • Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, and Life Skills Training. (Zoom)
  • Each week’s homework applies what you’ve learned in the virtual incubator as you establish your business and prepare to run it successfully.
  • Classes continue through Phase II so you have the chance to apply what you learn to your business.

PHASE II: Launch Your Business, Build Your Network and Customer Base

  • Small Business Fair I: Display with Area Businesses. After the fair review results with the class
  • Small Business Fair II: Promote your Business with Social Media and display with Area Businesses.
  • Small Business Holiday Fair III: Tailor Your Products for Holiday Sales; Promote with Social Media and display with Area Businesses.

Our Beliefs

  • You can start a business for less than $1,000
  • Developing and sharing the prototype of a business product or service with other business owners in a safe business incubator takes it from conceptual to reality
  • Testing the full “order to cash” cycle before full launch significantly reduces delivery risk
  • Having a cohort to do it with improves your opportunity for success
  • Collaborating with other local small businesses is key to growing your business and the small business community

How You Can Get Involved

Prospective Business Owners

Sign up for an Information Session to Hear More About the Program and Join the Next Class

Current Business Owners

Join The $1,000 Start-Ups Discussion Group and We’ll Grow Our Small Businesses Together

Contribute to $1,000 Start-Ups

Your Gift will Help Equip & Fund Prospective Business Owners Start A Business


What People Say

There wouldn’t be a Millennial Touch without a $1,000 Start-Up Consortium.

Connor Bradden Fasel,
Owner, Millennial Touch

Fantastic Asset to the Community!

Virginia Daughtery
Resident, Fernandina Beach, Florida

Thank you for your leadership, mentorship, vision, support and hard work!!!

Christine McKenna Heibel,
Partner, Amelia Island Microgreens

The September 2020 $1,000 Start-Ups Consortium’s Small Business Fair was a truly beautiful day in the neighborhood … community coming together supporting community

Zen Waters
Owner, Zen Waters Earth Healing

In this program I not only learned to make my business successful, but how to make my business profitable.

Kim Murray
Owner, HerbAbilities