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General News · 5th June 2020
Manda Aufochs Gillespie
The Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA) and Folk University are running a series of practical business skills workshops to help islanders grow and launch local, resilient, and pandemic-resistant businesses and social enterprises.

Our first workshop took place on Saturday, with 11 participants receiving three packed hours of practical bookkeeping wisdom from island bookkeeper and numbers ninja Jenny Hartwick.

On Thursday June 4th, Irene Blueth shared tools and tips for running a successful artisan online store.

Here are the rest of the events scheduled for our spring season. For more details, check out

June 13: Branding 101 with Sasha Cooke
Saturday, June 13th, 10:00 - 12:00
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Local designer Sasha Cooke will lead participants through a branding design process in this 2 hour workshop, and then send them away with tools and worksheets to take their branding and business identity to the next level.

Workshop cost: $5 - $35

Details and registration

June 18: Cortes Island Idea Cafe
Thursday, June 18th, 4:00 - 6:00
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Unleash your creativity! Join us for a dynamic online brainstorming session where ideas for island businesses, products, projects and other wonders come out of the woodwork and mingle, cross-pollinating new ideas and collaborations in the process.

Join our acclaimed facilitator and process designer Colin Funk and other CCEDA folks for this free, fun, inspiring 2-hour afternoon session.

Details and registration

June 27: Business Planning 101
Saturday, June 27th, 9:30 - 12:30
Workshop cost: $5 - $45
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Do you have a business, product, or social enterprise idea you'd like to see get off the ground? Do you run an existing business or organization that you'd like to expand into a new market or product?

Come to CCEDA's Business Planning 101 workshop and step through the process of turning your idea into a concrete plan you can use to recruit partners, access funding, and confidently bring a new venture into the world.

In this hands-on virtual workshop you will:

- Learn what business planning is about, and why it's useful
- Work with a group of peers to refine your business model
- Dig into the details of identifying your market, assessing costs, and validating assumptions
- Finish the workshop with a solid skeleton for your business plan and clear next steps towards launching or growing your venture.

Produced by CCEDA with local and off-island mentors and partners.

Details and registration