Training for entrepreneurs in Lebanon’s new coworking space

Cumberland Ignite Lab Grand OpeningPathway WBC Cohorts to launch at the Cumberland Ignite Lab in 2018

DECEMBER 7, 2017: Historic Lebanon has officially cut the ribbon on the “Cumberland Ignite Lab,” Wilson County’s new center for entrepreneurs. With a grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development this entrepreneurial hub is set to transform the way business is done in the heart of downtown Lebanon.

Located in the Lebanon Square Building, the coworking space will serve as a training center that offers quarterly nine-week courses for ideation stage entrepreneurs. Historic Lebanon has tapped Pathway WBC, a Nashville-based nonprofit, to deliver most of the curriculum in 2018.

“Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in our community growth and our economic vitality,” said Sarah Haston, Lebanon Economic Development Director. “Our hope is to connect people, resources and information together and help turn ideas into a reality.” (quote taken from this Lebanon Democrat article).

Pathway WBC will facilitate two Discover cohorts in 2018. Utilizing the Lean for Main Street curriculum, the Discover Cohort is designed for new entrepreneurs in the idea or startup phase.

The Lebanon Pathway WBC Cohorts will launch in early February and again in early Spring.

Pathway WBC’s Discover curriculum uses the Lean Canvas model to cover both lean and traditional business planning. In the Discover Cohort, new entrepreneurs will learn how to:

  • Find the best product market fit
  • Discover what problem their product or service solves for the customer
  • Execute customer discovery interviews
  • Develop their revenue model, pricing strategies, and sales channels
  • Project revenue and costs, and develop a pitch

“Over the past two years, we’ve developed robust technical training for entrepreneurs based on stage of business,” says Pathway WBC Director Leslie Hayes. “Through meaningful partnerships like the one we have with the new Cumberland Ignite Lab, we’re taking our programming beyond Nashville. We want to help more entrepreneurs turn their idea into a successful business.”

“We’re thrilled to have Pathway WBC support the vision of Cumberland Ignite Lab,” says Haston. “By bring entrepreneurship training to Main Street, we’re supporting economic growth in the county.”

Stay tuned for more details on Discover Cohorts at the Cumberland Ignite Lab, and be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to get the latest updates and event announcements.

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