Every question you have about your business is a lesson someone else learned the hard way.
CoCommercial connects you to the people who have figured out what you need to know. Instead of struggling through internet searches or trial and error, you learn from the first-hand experience of small business owners who have been there, done that.
Ask a question, pose a challenge, or announce your goal. You start the conversation and our members chime in with their experience and stories. You get back to business fast.
Virtual Coworking Space
Our dedicated conversation & coworking space makes it easy to ask for help or share your experience. Unlike groups hosted on bigger social networks, our space is focused on you and your business.
Collaborative Learning Experiences
Instead of a content library that quickly goes out of date, we get together live for collaborative learning. We host virtual conferences on topics like content marketing, management, planning, and legal issues. We gather for digital roundtable discussions and feature experts from our community and the world wide web.
We facilitate small group masterminds that help you start lifelong relationships with small business owners who can support you as you grow.
There’s only so much positive self-talk and grit can do for me if I’m by myself, in my head all the time. You guys, through your posts and questions and sharing of experiences, help me tremendously, to be stronger and get more resilient… even if I’m just reading and not always participating in the discussions. Thank you.Lou Blaser
It is this kind of culture which supports thriving businesses and is a haven for vulnerability in a world that critiques for sport. This is sacred stuff. Still buzzing after my connections and insights. Heart full of gratitude and humbled by this gift of community.Rebecca Bass-Ching
Get connected to a global network of small business owners doing business with digital tools.
Our members are coaches, consultants, trainers, educators, wellness practitioners, designers, artists, photographers, and founders who are finding their own way in the business world. They create digital products, design physical goods, and deliver hands-on services.
Most (60%) of our members have been in business 3 years or longer and 40% of our members have been in business 6 years or longer. They’re seasoned realists with an eye for opportunity and a positive–not pollyanna–attitude.
If you’re building or growing a sustainable small business that incorporates email marketing, video conferencing, social media, content marketing, digital project management, or a virtual workplace, you’ll fit right in.
Meet some of our savvy & generous members
“The greatest reward is hearing from our users how CozyCal is helping them to better run their business. When I was working as a consultant, I would rarely get to learn the impact my work would have for my clients since usually the final deliverable is a powerpoint deck. Yet, talking to CozyCal users feels much more tangible. The gratification is almost instant. It is motivating for us to learn that our product is providing real value to small businesses.”
Artist & Scientist, Ocean-Made
“I am currently fully immersed in marine science education, art, and sustainable seafood research, finishing up my thesis while setting up an online store and platform. I plan on adding a retreat component to it in the near future. It’s going to be fun. I might not end up on the traditional academic route, but I’m pretty excited about what’s ahead.”
Founder, MNIB Consulting
“It wasn’t long before I realized that just freelancing wasn’t going to cut it. My ambitions and goals–never mind my thirst to control my own time!–were never going to be realized if I was tied to only making money when I actually did the work.”
Financial Behaviorist, Creator of The Comfort Circle™ Dinners
“My clients can talk about sex with their friends. But they can’t talk about money because there isn’t an environment where people feel that they can be vulnerable.”
Musician and Creator, Game Symphony Workshop
“To me, success is like mastery, it’s a journey, not a destination. I grateful for having a successful career and blessed life doing work I love. I have big plans, but they’re not tied to my view of success.”
Spaceship Builder & Herbalist
“It’s really weird being an herbalist-rocket scientist. My science colleagues think I’m weird. My herbal colleagues think I’m weird… It’s been terrifying and joyous to finally find my own voice and trust in my own skills, but it was (and still is) a huge challenge.”
Commercial Photographer & Business Strategist
“Success is not wanting to quit, lol! Success for my business is being able to say yes to projects and are of interest to me, push me to think differently and allow me to make a business profit, pay myself and pay for the business operations. Success for me, is flexibility to do things when I want to do them.”
Health & Lifestyle Coach
“I didn’t truly believe that I could make a living as a health and lifestyle coach until I was able to broaden my vision for what my business could be. Turns out, it’s not just about coaching; there are media and education pieces still to build.”
Copywriter & Founder of The Communications Distillery
“Business is relationship and networking has always been paramount in building The Communications Distillery. I never forget that there are people with feelings behind those fancy avatars. Networking isn’t just about shaking hands and selling your services. I try to show up, be kind, and be willing to help, provide insights, or simply listen.”
We’re reimagining small business support to be accessible, transparent, and generous.
We connect you with a network of hundreds of founders, coaches, educators, designers, developers, consultants, and strategists while giving you the tools you need to get answers fast.
We host live virtual events and just-in-time learning so you can spot problems before they start with the support of colleagues.
We provide concierge service so you don’t have to dig through piles of resources to find what you’re looking for or get lost asking for support.
We showcase the experiences, expertise, and insights of our members (you’re next) so you can take advantage of our collective brilliance as small business owners.
Whether you need ideas for a big marketing campaign, want feedback on your sales copy, need help pricing a product, or need to vent about a frustrating business experience, we’re there for you.
I am very pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed by the outpouring of sharing of advice, ideas, and encouragement. I learn from your answers to my questions, as well as from your responses to other community members.
I’m loving the interactions and the candor with which people share information. You guys are exceeding my expectations, which were already very high, based on what I’d seen and read before joining.
You have all been so welcoming and forthcoming, and I can’t thank you enough.Valerie Leonard
I’ve connected with more helpful people in 2 months inside CoCommercial than I have in 10 years of professional work. Now I don’t hesitate to ask the questions and model the experts.Gregg Eiler
Our team helps you find the support you need when you need it.
Founder, CEO, Super User
Tara created CoCommercial to fill the staggeringly large hole in most small business owners support system: their peer network.
“The conversations I’ve had with other small business owners over the decade I’ve been in business have been the biggest factor in my success–and sanity. CoCommercial exists to make these conversations accessible to business owners no matter where they live or who they’re already connected to.”
Shannon makes sure that individual members are taken care of and that the community functions beautifully. Before coming to CoCommercial, Shannon worked with artisans and business owners in the world of fair trade. She’s passionate about telling stories about the amazing things entrepreneurs achieve every day.
“I’m passionate about connecting people with the resources they need to succeed. Every day, I wake up and think ‘How can I help our community of small business owners?’ And every day I am blown away by how they are already supporting each other in amazing ways before I even do a thing!”
Member Experience Specialist
Kristen shepherds each member through the process of joining the community. She watches out for posts that don’t get responses right away, helps members formulate questions, and starts conversations that go deep.
Kristen is also an herbalist and the founder of Lagom Body Co, a skincare line that turns the routine of taking care of yourself into ritual.
CoCommercial is the platform for honest conversations about the ups & downs and ins & outs of small business.
Go against the grain.
You’ve heard the conventional wisdom a hundred times before. At CoCommercial, we’re talking about whether the conventional wisdom actually applies to your business or not.
If you’re questioning whether best practices are best for you, you’ll find small business owners ready to dive into your questions and help you find a better-than-best-practice solution for you.
Talk about the nuts & bolts.
We go beyond what’s “sexy” about running a small business and dig into the nitty-gritty. If you need to streamline your services, work more effectively with team members, understand your Profit & Loss report, or any other operational task, our members want to help you do it.
We don’t shy away from the nuts & bolts, so jump right in.
Get your mindset in check.
It’s easy to psych yourself out when it comes to trying new things in your business. Our members talk about what’s going on in their heads–and how it’s impacting their bottom line.
No need to sugar coat what you’re dealing with. Whether you’re facing the Impostor Complex, a scarcity mindset, or simply thinking smaller than you know you could, we’ll help you see a different perspective.
Balance of tactical how-to and mindset support
I had a lot of options of communities to join that support small business owners and I knew in my gut this was the right choice because A) there’s actually racial diversity in this community B) this community is a balance of tactical how-to resources and the kind of mindset support I need C) it’s so clear that you can do the broad business systems design thing here and also own all the areas of deep dive. Your learning is deep and I know I’m going to benefit from just following Tara and those she’s assembled here.Mia Scharpie
Accessibility, guidance, and assistance for all
Tara is passionate about creating a space for real learning, where the members are teachers and students at the same time. There is no information hoarding, or smoke and mirrors. It is a community of transparency, sharing what works and what does not, and provides space for these conversations that everyone can benefit from. There is no exclusivity, everyone has a spot at the table and that is exactly what the New Economy is all about. Accessibility, guidance, and assistance FOR ALL, not just some.Nicole Lewis-Keeber
Grow your confidence, believe in your abilities, take action
The amazing thing about working with the amazing CoCommercial team is the fact that it’s not all informative. Being around Tara and this community in the past one year has helped me grow my confidence, believe in my own abilities, trust not just my guts, but has shown me how to take action in ways that are both sure and experimental. I started stepping into my starring role because I am surrounded by amazing leaders connected by an amazing leader. Thank you for the work you do for the New Economy.Nneamaka Okafor
Is becoming a member of CoCommercial right for you?
You’ll feel right at home at CoCommercial if you:
- Value honest conversations about what’s working and what’s not in small business today
- Generously share your experiences and expertise to support others when you can
- Recognize the importance of a diverse support community: personal backgrounds, levels of experience, industries, and business models
- Love problem-solving, iteration, and adaptation as processes that make your business stronger
Once you’re a CoCommercial member we ask you to commit to openly sharing your questions, challenges, and goals so we can support you.
Curious about CoCommercial?
General membership is currently closed but we’ll have small group opportunities opening in December to start in January 2019. Drop us a line if you have questions!
You can also browse Frequently Asked Questions below. Or, you can get in touch with us directly using this form or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Frequently Asked Questions
What am I going to learn at CoCommercial?
That’s up to you! There is no curriculum, online course, or resource library inside of CoCommercial. It’s self-directed learning.
Here’s why: the market is changing incredibly rapidly–and doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon. Most online courses are based on what works for a moment in time and for someone else’s business. At CoCommercial, we’re not locked down to teaching a particular curriculum that will be outdated before you know it.
You bring us your questions, challenges, and obstacles and we’ll help you work through them. When something new crops up, you’ll have us to rely on.
We do offer learning experiences like roundtable discussions, work & learn sessions, and expert Q&As but our focus is always on adapting to you and your needs.
Now, sometime hear that and think “Awesome! I’ll dive right in.” If you’re thinking, “Yikes, that sounds a bit overwhelming,” we’ve got you covered. We have a team of people who are here to help you navigate the community, ask for help, and formulate requests for support. If you ever want help but don’t know where to start, start with a CoCommercial team member.
How is CoCommercial different from a free Facebook group?
CoCommercial is a dedicated online space & community. We’re not at the whim of the Facebook algorithm or the toxic culture that permeates that social network.
At CoCommercial, community-building and support isn’t an afterthought, it’s what we do. Most free Facebook groups exist to further a marketing agenda (understandably!). In exchange for providing a free space, the owner of the group will market their course, app, or coaching to you.
Our business is creating a space for you to get support. We pay people to keep the group on topic, useful, and positive.
Will I fit in? Are there people like me here?
CoCommercial is full of Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers. There are both digital natives and technophobes–and all manner of folks in between. Some are coaches, some are consultants, many are educators, writers, marketers, designers, makers, artists, and photographers. Most of our members have 3 or more years of experience in their businesses but many have 6 or more and plenty are new to the game.
The business owners and the businesses inside CoCommercial run the gamut.
We believe that building a diverse community ensures that you feel like you belong and that you have something to learn from people who are doing things very, very differently.
Is it really safe to post about my challenges and questions? What about my new ideas & projects?
We’ve worked hard to create a community culture that is positive, optimistic, and inclusive. This extends to the safety of our space in terms of intellectual property, privacy, and harassment.
We have a clear set of posting guidelines and policies that make up the backbone of this culture. But it’s the individual commitment our members make to upholding and nurturing that culture that makes it all work. Of course, we also have our community and member experience team that actively monitors, moderates, and coaches within our space to ensure that the conversation stays constructive.
Our members regularly tell us how, once they muster up the courage to ask for help, they are blown away by the generosity, kindness, and positivity of our members’ responses.
That all said, our community isn’t about cheerleading or telling you what you want to hear. We have constructive conversations all along the spectrum from encouragement to kicks in the pants!
What's up with the mobile app?
We provide a mobile app (available at both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store) free of charge for members so you can take CoCommercial with you wherever you go. However, none of our content requires the mobile app to make use of it.
Lots of our members find that they check in more often than they would a traditional online forum because they have access to the app. It makes it easy to see if your question has been answered or if members are looking for additional context.
We’ve proudly decided to invest in solutions that make doing business on the goal easier–that includes utilizing teleconferencing systems that are also mobile-friendly for our virtual events.
Of course, CoCommercial is also great to use on your laptop or desktop computer.