In December 2020, in partnership with Forward Cities' ESHIP Communities Initiative, we launched our first Food Sector GPS with 20 food sector owners in Kansas City, Missouri. Here are some statistics from that cohort:
*credit: ESHIP Communities
Believe me when I tell you, I train with some of the best here. I owned a business downtown for many years. I've never seen something put together, a program of coaches quite like this ever.
What you guys are doing is just next level about trying to help others. Coming from such a real, genuine place, I just appreciate you guys and I hope we can be friends for life.
All of them just gave me so much advice that I didn't even know. They (gave) me information to help me get off the ground. All of this has just been so great!
Everyone that I spoke to gave me information that I was not even aware of. Even though I've been in business for 5 years, I just was not aware of what they had to offer.
Your being able to be out there and to help provide guidance that might help them get to where they need to go is valuable and a great resource.
Libraries select 25 food business owners for a cohort.
Participants setup a food sector GPS account and use the platform to be matched with local topic specific experts.
Participants schedule, meet and create an actionable, strategic plan to help their business thrive.
Imagine an entrepreneur named Josie who owns a company that sells berry-focused desserts in Kansas City. Here’s how it’d work for her.
🕒 Estimated Time To Complete: 1 Day
Josie hears about KC’s Project: Food Sector GPS, applies, is accepted, and is sent a link to sign-up.
🕒 Estimated Time To Complete: 1 Day
Josie would use our platform to answer questions and be matched with a team of experts, including operations, marketing, loan, and licenses/permits experts, and a “Closer” expert.
🕒 Estimated Time To Complete: 21 Days
In the second stage of the platform, Josie will learn how to prep for her meeting. Then after each meeting, she’ll fill out a short form that ensures each meeting builds on the last. She does this until her last meeting with her Closer. At this point, she’ll have a rough draft of a strategy for her business from the previous meetings and be able to go over it all with the Closer.
🕒 Estimated Time To Complete: 5 Days
At the conclusion of the pilot, the owners will have a wrap-up video conference where they can meet each other and allow for additional entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur collaboration.
🕒 Estimated Time To Complete: 2 Days
Because our goal is to build bridges (not build the pieces to the ecosystem), the last meeting is a perfect time to do a sort-of “hand off” to the library who could become/remain the hub for future help for those business owners. We could help facilitate the meeting but the idea is that we would make clear we’re not the point of contact after the cohort is complete.
Diverse content available for:
Each library will have their own unique code and dashboard with their logo on our white-labeled platform.
✏️ Custom Content Add-On
Legal GPS can use any type of content imaginable for our platform. For example, adding more content for different types of food professions. Different types of professions in general. Different content catered to each city, etc. If interested, contact us for custom pricing.
Team: Each business owner will be assigned a team of 4-6 experts. Specifically:
How the Team Selection Works:
🔎 Expert Add-On
We can find and maintain the experts for you for $1500/cohort.
📣 Marketing Add-On
We will market, identify, personally onboard, and ensure platform completion of 25 business owners in your community for $3000/cohort.
We can offer these discounts if 10+ libraries sign-up as part of a package deal.
If same coaches and no additional work needed on our end with any communication with coaches, any subsequent cohorts base price would drop to $2500 (usually $5000).
Library eligible for 30% discount off Legal GPS for each year at least 1 cohort is purchased.
If we can work out a bulk deal, we’ll build an entire admin backend for the libraries and offer a personalized experience that would allow libraries to do the bulk of the work in minutes, create their own customized content whenever they want, and provide a substantial discount for library usage for up to 5 years. Effectively, we would use this to build our admin backend and provide the product at cost for those 5 years. (Our advantage is building an admin backend to use in other scenarios-- but this would be a remarkable savings for libraries).
For context, almost all our costs are in creating unique dashboards and coach profiles and onboarding the coaches.