CONCEPTS & CONCEPTION
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I DON'T HAVE A BUSINESS, I JUST HAVE AN IDEA. IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR ME?
Yes! If you are new to business, C&C provides you with powerful guidance for conceiving an intentional business that nourishes and supports you. We are here to guide and cheer you on as you take the first steps towards birthing your inspiration into a full-fledged business. Our approach is radically different from any other business school we know. The Concepts portion of the class is grounded in feminist theory and feminine principles. Engaging these ideas at the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey gives you a huge leg-up on established entrepreneurs because you can avoid the frustrations and pitfalls of outdated masculine business models. The Conception materials will enhance your creativity and guide you in fleshing out your business vision.
This is a foundations class where you will get really clear on the why of your business, without having to worry about the how, yet. In C&C we develop a solid root structure for your business, so that you can build a stable and sustainable enterprise that will support you, your clients, and itself for years to come.
I DON'T EVEN HAVE A SPECIFIC BUSINESS IDEA, I JUST HAVE A KNOWING THAT I WANT TO BE IN BUSINESS. IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR ME?
Yes! Because C&C is about Conception, the course materials are specifically designed to enhance your creativity, develop your intuition, and cultivate your fertility. Our ongoing emphasis on integration and embodiment will guide you towards your pleasures which point you to your purpose (a.k.a. your business idea). Over the 8 weeks you will learn more about what a business is, so that you can make an informed decision about if entrepreneurship is the right commitment for you. We have an entire week devoted solely to the Conception process, giving you the opportunity to call in a vision and connect with the spirit of your to-be business. C&C is about business, yes, but it is also about LIFE. This class will give you tools you can use now to bring more meaning to your work and expand your critical consciousness while you nurture your business dream.
I'M ALREADY IN BUSINESS. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A BEGINNER'S CLASS. IS THIS COURSE GOING TO BE USEFUL TO ME?
If you are a solopreneur (you work with contractors but you have no employees) or in the first 3 years of running a company with employees, this course is for you. It will energize you and provide you a new entrepreneurial framework founded on ease, pleasure, integration, embodiment, and critical consciousness. If you are bored or burning out, C&C will revitalize your business by reconnecting you with your purpose, reacquainting you with your pleasures, reminding you of your values and beliefs, and emboldening you to be more radical and playful in your business practices. If you are on the cusp of a big growth period or at a crossroads, our holistic approach will give you clarity of purpose and help you feel more grounded in your transition. If you haven't built your current business on feminine and feminist principles, you will begin to explore what that could look like.
If you are are a seasoned business owner, running a company with employees, and ready to pivot your core offer or deepen your business's social impact, Visions & Values will be a better fit for you. If you want to collaborate on innovating new business models, please join us in the Feminine Economics Department AKA The Sisterhood.
I NEED HELP WITH BUDGETS, BOOKKEEPING, LEGAL STRUCTURE, PERSONNEL, INSURANCE AND OTHER TECHNICAL ASPECTS. IS THIS CLASS RIGHT FOR ME?
We will not address any of those matters in C&C. C&C provides you with valuable information that will inform all of those decisions when you get to them. Budgets, bookkeeping, legalities, operations and so on are all engineering tasks. First, you need a blueprint. But before the blueprint, you need to know what it is you're going to build. In C&C you will get clear on what business you want to build and why. One you have established this foundation, your grounding, then you can build a stable structure upon it, and that is when the engineering tasks come in. We all know that to build without a solid foundation is folly. In C&C we undertake the important work of laying the groundwork to support you and your business.
MY BUSINESS IS FLAILING AND I NEED CASH FLOW, LIKE, YESTERDAY. I AM LIVING IN POVERTY AND BARELY PAYING MY BILLS. IS THIS CLASS RIGHT FOR ME?
No. This class is not an emergency intervention. We do not address immediate cash flow solutions. We dive into money matters in Week 8, addressing your relationship to money and some very basic business finances, not quick fixes. However, if you are not in crisis but are chronically under-earning and are ready to invest in a long-term solution to increase your prosperity and profitability, this class is for you. We will give you information and support to turn your unhealthy business into a healthy one.
HEY, I'M INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS BUT I'M A NORMAL HUMAN WITH SOME STUFF GOING ON (LIFE/WORK/FAMILY/YOGA/HOLIDAYS). WHAT DAYS/TIMES DOES THE CLASS HAPPEN?
Hey, we like to set our own hours too! C&C provides you the flexibility to schedule your coursework each week, according to your needs and wants. Every Monday night you will be delivered a new batch of materials on the weekly theme, so you can dive in on Tuesday morning (or whenever you want to). All the materials are housed in our online school which lives in Pathwright, so everything is in one tidy place. Please note that while some of the materials can be downloaded, most of the content requires an active internet connection to view.
You are invited to work at your own pace though it is suggested that you do the materials in the week they are delivered (by the following Monday). We guide the class until the Commencement Party. Meaning, we read all your homework submissions, host the video classes, and moderate the online discussion threads. After January 9th, you will have access to the materials for and additional 9 months but we will no longer be monitoring the online discussions nor reading your homework.
There are four 90-minute video classes. These classes take place on zoom.us. These are the only live class sessions of the course. If you can't attend any/all, don't worry, we record the classes and post them online within 24 hours for you to view.
C&C Fall 2018 Video Classes
Week 3 — November 7th, 10am PST (Los Angeles time zone)
Week 5 — November 28th, 2pm PST
Week 7 — December 12th, 10am PST
Commencement Party — January 9th, 2pm PST
Due to holidays, there will be no class November 17th to 25th and December 22nd to January 3rd. The last batch of class materials (Week 8 of the curriculum) will be delivered to you on December 18th. We will continue to facilitate the online community through January 9th.
WHAT KIND OF INVOLVEMENT/SUPPORT DOES SISTER PROVIDE?
We read all of your homework submissions, participate in the online discussion threads, and are available to answer your questions in the video classes. In Week 1, you are invited to submit journaling about the present and future of your business. This is the one piece of homework that we respond to, giving you personalized feedback on how to get the most out of the course.
We do not take phone calls and we do not offer feedback on homework or business advice via email. If you need help or want to engage more deeply with materials, we ask you to post your question online or pose it in a video class so that we can explore it together, as a group. If you’d like to work in-depth with particular issues concerning your business, one-one-one consulting sessions are available for purchase throughout the 8-week course.
I WANT TO SHARE THIS MATERIAL WITH MY (BUSINESS/LIFE) PARTNER. IS THAT OKAY?
All prices are per person, not per business (or partnership). If you have registered with the intention of working this curriculum with someone who is not enrolled, they will need to pay the full tuition amount in order to use these materials. Any student accounts that are shared or logged into by users other than the enrolled student will be terminated without refund.
I'M NOT AN ENTREPRENEUR, BUT I'M REALLY INTERESTED IN THESE IDEAS. CAN I JOIN YOU?
This course provides a valuable community for those engaged with the challenging work of entrepreneurship. It is intended for entrepreneurs, small business owners, self-employed individuals, and those with a business idea they want to make real. It is specifically designed for those who are ready to invest the time and resources to conceive an integrated and intentional business that supports them. C&C is not appropriate for intrapranuers or managers, those wanting to create a side-business/hobby enterprise, nor those with primarily an intellectual interest in the material (academics, press, writers, researchers).
DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS OR SCHOLARSHIPS?
Yes, both! If you enroll through our website, you are given the option to pay in-full or split the cost into two monthly payments. By special arrangement, we also offer a monthly installment plan of up to six months for an additional $50 fee. For example, if you want to spread the tuition cost over 6 months, you will pay $250 before the course begins to reserve your spot, then, we charge a card on-file the 1st of every month for $200 for five subsequent months. The $50 fee covers our time and liability.
We are also pleased to be able to offer three 50% scholarships for the upcoming cohort. Instead of $1200, recipients pay $600 for the course. Priority is given to womxn of color who demonstrate financial need. The application deadline is October 17th. Recipients are notified by October 19th with their tuition payment of $600 (or a deposit of $300) due by October 22nd. Apply online here.
I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS.
Please email us and we will arrange a short phone call to help you determine if C&C is a good fit for your needs.
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