Lightning Jar, CCV host class information session

BENNINGTON — The Lightning Jar and the Community College of Vermont invite the public to an information session to learn about its Start-Up 802 entrepreneurship program that seeks to help students launch their small business ideas.

The information session will be hosted at the Lightning Jar on 194 North St. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. Attendees will learn about the two upcoming entrepreneurship classes being held beginning in the new year.

"An Entrepreneurial Mindset" is the first level of the class offered in this program, and the Lightning Jar will host it weekly from Jan. 23 to March 13. According to Nicole Stetson, coordinator of academic services at CCV, this course helps students get in the proper mindset they need for success as well as build a foundation for their business plan.

The course includes video tutorials hosted by entrepreneurs throughout the country, as well as discussion and reflection among students. Students are prompted to think about what makes these entrepreneurs successful as well as observe how they face obstacles.

Then, a a seven-week course, "Small Business Marketing" will run from March 20 to May 1. This will help students help take their business ideas to the next level and create a solid business plan.

Both classes will be taught by Robert Braathe, a speaker, educator, and mentor who has previously taught multiple entrepreneurship classes.

Some students take these courses as part of a degree plan, while others are use it for continuing education, Stetson said.

Students have access to financial aid opportunities, however Stetson says the classes are "not wildly expensive." Each credit costs $268 plus applicable registration fees.

Participants in the Startup 802 course also receive a trial membership to the Lightning Jar, mentorship from local small business leaders and entrepreneurs, and an opportunity to present their business ideas at a Road Pitch competition.

For more information, contact Nicole Stetson at 802-447-2361 or


An Entrepreneurial Mindset

Dates: Jan. 23- March 13

Day and time: Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.

Location: The Lightning Jar

Small Business Marketing

Dates: March 20-May 1

Day and time: Wednesdays 6-9 p.m.

Location: The Lightning Jar and CCV Bennington

— Banner staff


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