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Big Changes for Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project


Big Changes for Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project

By Ludwig Furtner

Big changes are in store for the Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project, or SEP as our West County friends know us. Before we go into what’s new, let me assure all of our Business Advice clients, our Community Education participants, and the people who use our cowork space that all the changes are all for the better.

Probably the most significant change is that we are MOVING!  We have been working with O’Reilly Media to assess the possibilities of converting a portion of their vacated space into an actual office for SEP and, even more important, an open, airy, well-lit space for our current and hopefully lots of new cowork tenants.

Many of us may miss the office and cowork space that SEP has occupied in the basement level of the Sebastopol United Methodist Church since we launched SEP.  We are excited about our new space but, at the same time, we are very grateful for the help SUMC provided us as we got SEP off the ground.

Watch for future announcements about the move but plan being in our new offices by the first of the year.  Once we have the chairs in place and we are just a little bit settled in, we plan an open house/grand opening and the West County community is invited.

Change #2 – say farewell to SEP’s familiar logo! We have been considering a logo that better conveys our focus on growth and innovation. 

Sue LaBouvie, one of SEP’s volunteers and contributors, with the skills and resources to get the job done helped us through the design and selection process.  Next time you see SEP in the news you will see our new logo.  Let us know what you think.

“SEP’s 2015-16 Funding campaign is well underway and showing progress”, says SEP’s Executive Director, Gay McFarren.  “Thanks to all of you who have stepped up to help SEP both financially and in-kind.  Your support has enabled SEP to make these changes we are so excited about”.

“And don’t forget that, if you really want to contribute to the future of SEP, we have a couple of open slots on our Board of Directors and would welcome new directors” adds Gay.

Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project was established to advise start-ups, create co-working spaces for small businesses who don’t have or need brick and mortar locations, and educate entrepreneurs about how to sustain their businesses. To learn more please visit our website at  - or contact 

Ludwig Furtner, President, or Gay McFarren, Executive Director,