We offer a three-phased education program approach: Explore, Launch and Grow. Each phase addresses the most critical education, best practices and guidance needed to support the business as it moves from idea stage, to launch to growth stage. Each class is taught by successful business owners and professionals from the local community who have in-depth experience in their fields. Every class session is followed by a one hour, one-on-one coaching session where experts in the industry spend time answering questions. Learn more about our classes below.
FOR EARLY-STAGE BUSINESS OWNERS
As a first time-entrepreneur, you will explore the feasibility of your business idea and create a basic business plan using the Business Model Canvas.
Format: Class meets 1 night per week for 9 weeks. Each class is 3 hours.
Week 1: Introduction & Problem/Solution
Week 2: Business Idea Validation & Value Proposition
Week 3: Pricing & Start Up Budgeting
Week 4: Setting up a business: The Logistics
Week 5: Key Partnerships, Networking & Collaboration
Week 6: Messaging & Key Metrics
Week 7: Branding and PR
Week 8: Social Media and Low Cost Marketing
Week 9: Funding & Personal Finance
FOR CURRENT BUSINESS OWNERS
As an entrepreneur with a viable, well-vetted business with revenue, you will make an SBA-certified business plan, receive a mentor, and compete for funding.
Format: Class meets 1 night weekly. Each class is 3 hours (of instruction and coaching with assigned mentor).
Week 1: Business Plan and Pitch
Week 2: Sales Strategies
Week 3: Media & Marketing Mix
Week 4: Social Media Strategy
Week 5: Human Capital & Culture
Week 6: Cashflow Management
Week 7: Financial Projections
Week 8: Legal Topics & Funding
Week 9: Public Pitch Competition
FOR ALL BUSINESS OWNERS
As an entrepreneur planning for growth and expansion, you will advance your knowledge through workshops and personalized programs with experts.