Do you have an idea? Are you ready to take action to turn that idea into a business venture?

Launch Unison is a program to help individuals in Union and Anson Counties start a small business. During the program, early-stage entrepreneurs will learn how to define products and services, identify core customers, create financial models, develop marketing strategies, and more.

Don’t let the uncertainty of what’s involved in starting a business stop you!  Discover hands-on techniques and procedures for planning and opening a small business, including the personal qualities needed for entrepreneurship. Develop a peer network with others seeking to launch their own business and connect with guest experts and business counselors that can help you achieve your goals.


Is this Program for You?

This program is for:

  • Those that have a specific business idea and a strong desire to start a business within the next year or have recently launched a business
  • Those seeking to learn the fundamentals of owning and operating a business
  • Those interested in developing a business model and learning about sources of capital and bootstrapping their idea

2024 Program Schedule:

Sessions meet in-person Tuesdays from 6:00 to 8:45 pm except for the first session which will be virtual for one-hour.
Session Dates:

  • January 23, 30
  • February 6, 20, 27
  • March 5, 19, 26
  • April 2, 16, 23

APPLY NOW! Applications for the 2024 cohort are open now through December 10.

Program Instructor:

Julie Bee is the founder of a BeeSmart Social Media and The Julie Bee, a consulting practice. She is also a professional speaker, a leader of leaders and a podcast host. She’s a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program (10ksb) and a proud alumnus of West Virginia University.

Today, Julie focuses most of her time on helping business owners overcome their challenges so that they can fulfill their vision. She does this through coaching, consulting and speaking engagements. In 2020, Julie began podcasting, and is now an award-winning podcaster. She’s the host of They Don’t Teach This In Business School, a podcast that shares lessons learned on the business ownership journey.

What's My Path?