The 2021 Prototype Fair

It hard to believe the 2021 Cohort is already at the halfway mark of the program and we’re starting our fair season!

2021 Fair Dates

Please mark your calendar for the ‘Fall 4 Small’ Business Fair on October 16th, and the ‘Celebrate Small Business Fair on December 4th. The fairs will be held at Historic Macedonia AME from 10-2 (rain date is one week later for each fair).

To register as a vendor, email or call the office at 904-432-7760.

2021 Cohort Graduation

The 2021 Cohort will celebrate their graduation at the first fair of 2022, which will also launch registration for the 2022 Program.

Recap of the 2021 Prototype Fair

The Prototype Fair provides the opportunity to display for those members of the cohort who are ready to transition the business concept they’ve been working on since April from Virtual Incubator to physical reality. We held our Prototype Fair at Historic Macedonia AME Church on July 31, 2021.

The fair promotion included thanks and acknowledgement to our sponsors, grantors, and supporters and an invitation to participate in the Prototype Fair. We were thrilled so many came out. After the cohort and consortium members gave their elevator speeches, several of the sponsors and grantors graciously stayed and talked to and mentored the cohort and staff. Every cohort member mentioned when they presented their S.W.O.T. Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats: a method for practicing continuous improvement) something specific they’d learned from those exchanges.

$1,000 Start-Ups Co-Founder, Director, and Board Member Tony X. Lee, whose book and course: The Bartender’s Guide to Financial Freedom are the basis for the Financial Management portion of the program, is shown here setting up the health check station and $1.000 Start-Ups table.

$1,000 Start-Ups Board Member, and Owner, Island Personal Chefs gave her “elevator speech”, served up shrimp and chicken bowls. Here’s the link:

Radha Gillen, a member of the 2021 Cohort gave her “elevator speech” introducing Love Art by Radha. Enjoy it here:

Amelia Island historian Mike Kegler shares some Island history as he presents Golden Gullah Geechie Tours. Learn more here:

Jennien Baker introduced two of her Duchess O’Neil Enterprises product lines at the 2021 $1,000 Start-Ups Prototype Fair: Duchess’ Premium Events and Duchess’ Luxury Garden Parties. You can listen here:

The talented members of Sonofarius, who entertained us during the 2021 $1,000 Start-Ups Prototype Fair, are introduced.

Jane Moore of MooreActions is shown giving her elevator speech by demonstrating one of the more than 100 teaching tools she has to teach those of us who teach how do make it memorable. Watch the video:

Coach T. who is using his background teaching and training more than 3 million people all over the country in various topics sharing information about Purpose Coach Pro, the business he’s launching.

See him in action as he provides feedback to a classmate in this video clip:

Kati McClurg sharing her vision for Rain Lily Montessori early childhood education. You can hear it here:

The Prototype Fair gave us all a chance to learn. As I mentioned above to get on the path to continuous improvement, the 2021 Cohort members each completed a S.W.O.T. assessment. We shared them at class the following week. You can learn more about the process here:

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Published by Leah Ward-Lee

Leah Ward-Lee, the author of "$1,000 Start-Ups", is a serial micro-entrepreneur. She opened her first business at ten after lobbying for and receiving a shoe shine kit for Christmas. She pulled her wagon through the neighborhood, going door-to-door, offering to shine her neighbor’s shoes for twenty-five cents a pair. Once her wagon was full, she took the shoes home and polished them. Unfortunately that business was short-lived. She hadn’t tagged the shoes and couldn’t remember whose shoes were whose, so her dad went with her to retrace the route until every pair was returned. Since then she’s had businesses developing and teaching college courses, instructing aerobic classes, owning half a plane that was rented to a flight and maintenance school, and renting homes. She’s also owned a consignment store, a gift shop, a gift basket business, a consulting firm, hosted The Executive Toolbox (a weekly radio show), and a publishing company. She also spent twenty years in the US Army, served as the Chief Information and Technical Officer for two major insurance companies, and has a second career as a management consultant and as the executive director of The $1,000 Start-Ups Consortium, as non-profit whose mission is provide income and reentry opportunities by training, funding, and promoting small businesses. Leah resides in Amelia Island, Florida with her life partner Sam Lane, and their rescue dog, Goliath.

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