We offer a three-phased education program approach: EXPLORE®, LAUNCH®, and GROW--plus online curriculum and dedicated cohorts for Women of Color. 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 phase includes extensive coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities. Learn more about our programs 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 one night per week for nine weeks. Each class is three hours long.
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 (in business 1-3+ years)
As an entrepreneur with a viable, well-vetted business with revenue, you will create a business plan tailored to your needs, work closely with an assigned mentor, participate in networking and coaching, and compete for funding at our Annual Flight Night Pitch Competition.
Format: Class meets one night weekly. Each class is three hours long (includes instruction and coaching with assigned mentor).
Orientation: Cohort will meet for two hours one week before sessions begin.
Week 1: Business Plan and Pitch
Week 2: Sales Strategies for Optimal Business Growth
Week 3: Media & Marketing Mix/Branding
Week 4: Social Media Strategy
Week 5: Human Capital & Culture
Week 6: Protecting Your Business
Week 7: Financial Projections/Cashflow Management Part I
Week 8: Legal Topics & Funding For Your Business
Week 9: Financials & Cashflow Management Part II
Week 10: Selection Committee Presentations
Final Week: Flight Night Annual 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.