The power of cooperation for small businesses
Participants schedule time to meet with their business coach or to work independently at one of the business sites. Shared resources help to keep overhead costs very low for member entrepreneurs, and provides a low risk environment for trying out a business idea. The entrepreneurs are paid directly by their customers. To help offset the cost of shared resources, participants are asked to donate 10% of revenue earned through contracts developed by Working Order back to the agency.
The cost of business coaching can be covered by self-pay, or through other payers such as the Offices of Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Health or Mental Retardation.
The following resources are available to active participants at both site locations:
- Shared office space.
- A business mailing address and phone number.
- E-mail through a shared address.
- Internet privileges.
- Phone and voice mail privileges.
- FAX services.
- Copying services.
- Meeting and Conference space.
- Scheduled access to computers and printers.
- Technical Assistance and referral.
- Education and skills development.
- On site consulting services through the
Katz Small Business Development Center
at the University of Pittsburgh.
- Office Supplies.
- Resource and reference materials.
- Networks of support.
Working Order employees and volunteers are instructed to maintain