Visit http://www.cicville.org/training/application-for-training to apply.
The entry point to CIC’s entrepreneurship program is a 17 week training program. Designed for new and existing entrepreneurs, this hands-on course enables entrepreneurs to assess and address the technical needs of their businesses.
The workshop includes the Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) 16-week workshop, How to Build a Growing Profitable Business. The objective is to help participants start and build successful businesses that contribute to individual asset building and financial empowerment, as well as job creation for residents in low-income communities.
We offer the 17-week WIBO workshop in both the City of Charlottesville and the Fluvanna Louisa area.
The Charlottesville workshop meets on Tuesday evenings from 6pm - 9pm.
The Fluvanna Louisa workshop meets on Wednesday evenings from 6pm - 9pm.
What can I expect?
Weekly 3 hour evening class sessions
17 weeks of high energy, engaging discussions centered around your business
Excellent networking opportunities with your entrepreneur peers and leaders of the business community
A combination of case studies, discussions, and applied learning activities
By graduation, you will have a comprehensive business plan (both the document for potential investors and the mental map for yourself)
Who can apply?
The workshop is open to anyone interested in starting or expanding a business, contingent on space availability.
How much does it cost?
Tuition is $750 and includes course materials. There are need-based scholarships and payment plans available.
What happens after graduation?
Upon graduation, entrepreneurs are offered:
Financing: Graduates are eligible to apply for micro-loans, first round up to $5,000. Learn more about micro-loan opportunities.
Mentoring: Become paired with an experienced business owner from the community for ongoing advisory support.
Networking: Continue to be a part of the CIC business network for events, exhibitions, and social gatherings. Read about previous and upcoming events.
What topics are covered?
An overview of the 17 sessions, including the WIBO 16-Week Workshop, are below:
Basic Requirements & Getting the Facts: Market Research
Identifying Your Target Market: The Message
Promoting Your Business: The Marketing Campaign
Searching for Customers: Prospecting
NON-WIBO, CIC Materials || Personal Branding & Communications
Helping People Buy: Sales
Making a Profit: Pricing Strategy
Making a Profit: Costs
Making a Profit: Financial Decision Making
Ensuring Economic Independence: Personal Finance
Making a Profit: Purchasing
Financing Your Business Growth: Cash Flow & Credit
Investing in People: Human Resources
Using Other People’s Money: Financing
Controlling Finances: Recordkeeping & Taxes
Assuring Lasting Success: Ethics and Law // NON-WIBO, CIC Materials: Local Licensing Requirements
NON-WIBO, CIC Materials || Presenting Your Business for Financing