We are small business experts providing low-cost and free services to men and women with an idea and a dream as well as those with many years working for him/her self who are ready to take the business, however small, to the next level. Our service delivery model is classroom-based.
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Personal Business Readiness (PRB)
Personal Business Readiness (PBR) is intended to help participants decide whether business ownership is right for them at this point in their careers. In two, 3-hour sessions, the course paints a realistic picture of what it takes to start a business and helps participants assess their personal skills/assets and understand the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship. (6 hours) $15 - $40 (Scholarship rate based on income, verification required)
Start Your Own Business (SYOB)
This course is intended for those not yet working for themselves. In four 3-hour sessions, participants plan to launch their own businesses by covering topics including business readiness/business idea development, marketing, personal finance/money basics and management issues. (12 hours) $25 - $90 (Scholarship rate based on income, verification required)
Start and Grow Smart
In four 3-hour sessions, participants plan the launch or expansion of their businesses at their own pace. Course objectives include creating mission and vision statements, crafting goals as well as strategies to achieve them and an action plan to launch or expand businesses. Group follow-up sessions and individualized consulting for business owners are designed to support clients throughout the process of starting and/or growing. (12 hours) $25 - $60 (Scholarship rate based on income, verification required)
This 9-session course is designed to test the feasibility of clients’ businesses/ideas for business. Participants are prepared to write business plans by learning the fundamentals of marketing, operations and finance in 3 hour sessions. Based on market analysis, operational plans and financial projections, they decide if their business or idea has potential for success. Enrollment requires a clearly defined business or concept and staff approval. (27 hours) $50 - $175 (Scholarship rate based on income, verification required)
This practical 6-session course intended for business owners offers intensive support for participants ready to launch or grow their businesses. Small groups of entrepreneurs meet for weekly 3-hour meetings with a facilitator to complete their business plans by creating sales and marketing plans, detailed financial projections and an implementation plan. Participants also attend sessions focused on different and vital aspects of launching a business. Enrollment requires completion Business Planning or that client be working for him/herself and staff approval. (18 hours) $50 - $150 (Scholarship rate based on income, verification required)
Participants who satisfactorily complete Business Planning and Business Plan Implementation receive certificates of completion and are celebrated in a yearly graduation.
East Palo Alto Courses - 2013
Classes held at:
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
1848 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303