Plans to 'Jump Start' Antrim underway

  • Victor Rosansky pitches an idea for a six-week series aimed at developing entrepreneurs called Jump Start during a joint meeting between select board and planning board members on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—

  • Antrim 2020 action groups report any progress they have made during a joint meeting between select board and planning board members on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 06, 2017 7:37PM

Members affiliated with Antrim 2020 announced the launching of a new program called Jump Start.

Jump Start will feature a series of six workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs with a goal of bringing business ideas to reality, members said during a meeting in front of select board and planning board members on Thursday night.

The program will help people develop, present and implement a business plan, according to the workshop’s brochure. Victor Rosansky, who pitched the idea to the group, said the program will be held on Saturdays and Mondays for an hour and a half and will tentatively begin on the first Saturday in March. People are welcome to come to one or both of the weekly classes. It will be held at the Great Brook School and costs $10 to join.

“The reason we are charging people $10 is because we feel that if they make some investment, they will stay with it versus walking in and walking out,” Rosansky said.

The program will consist of six sessions, which will include what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how to create a business plan, a financial plan, the steps on how to go to market, and how to put it all together into an “elevator” pitch.

“If we measure the success of this initiative to create entrepreneurs … The bottom line is going to be how many new businesses have we started? It’s not going to be did you like the program or were the six sessions fun?” Rosansky said.

John Anderson, who helped create the program, said the group used Antrim 2020 as a launching pad, but it is not necessarily affiliated with the group.

“The vision of Antrim 2020 was ‘how do we build Antrim’s future so that it’s economically able to stand on its feet? And how will we attract people and keep people?’” Rosansky said about how the group ties in to Antrim 2020. “This is the bread and butter of what’s going to fund all of these other projects that are going on.” 

The Antrim 2020 steering committee was formed in January 2016 with goals of planning a two-day event and recruiting participants interested in developing a vision for the town’s future. The committee was lead by the University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension, of UNHCE, which had the goal of assessing where Antrim is today and to develop a concrete plan to transform Antrim.

More than 80 community members participated in the October session. The meeting resulted in the creation of five action groups, including lifelong learning and workforce skills, resource protection, business and entrepreneurship, community spaces and infrastructure and improved communication.

On Thursday, members of each group reported on any progress they had made since they were formed. Jump Start was just one of many ideas pitched during the meeting. 

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.