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Third installment of Culture Lab for small businesses coming in October

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Core Build, a firm specializing in company culture, presents the third installment of Culture Lab starting in October.

Culture Lab is a workshop that aides in the creation or improvement of intentional cultures within a business, nonprofit or agency.

“We think of it like a boot camp for those small business owners, CEOs and executives to define their cultures. And then how do you actually change your operations to reflect that culture,” says Jessie Jacob, Core Build’s project leader and culture concierge.

The concept was born out of the programming Core Build offered to larger corporate companies. Jacob, with a background in venture-backed startups, recognized the same needs for improved operational culture among small businesses and nonprofits.

Culture Lab is made up of three 3-hour sessions, accompanied by one executive coaching session with Core Build’s CEO and founder, Frank Keck, and weekly accountability calls with Jacob. Past Culture Labs have welcomed eight to nine companies per installment; two people from each company attend, one being a senior leader.

“We have a 15-minute phone call with everyone in the cohort. It’s forced accountability and forced reflection, and that is really, really, really where things get done,” says Jacob. “You’re forcing yourself to keep culture top of mind, which is central through the boot camp to really create those cultural habits that they want to create in their organization. It keeps them continuing to focus on those things.”

Unique to this fall’s Culture Lab is its partnership with the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) KC offices, where sessions will take place.

The upcoming Culture Lab will kick off with a pre-launch session on Sept. 28 and workshops will conclude Dec. 7. The cost to participate is $4,500.

To RSVP to the Culture Lab KC information session, visit