Culpeper-Orange Entrepreneur Workshop

Whether you have an established brand or an emerging concept, our 16-week Entrepreneur Workshop will help you get your business where you want it to be!

Take your business to the next level! This hands-on course enables entrepreneurs to determine whether their business is viable, develop an initial plan for launching or growing their business and learn the fundamentals of how to act on that plan.

Looking for our Charlottesville Entrepreneur Workshop?!

What is the commitment?
Our Entrepreneur Workshop meets for 16 weeks, on Tuesdays, from 6 pm – 9 pm, at a convenient location for residents of Culpeper, Orange and surrounding counties. (The specific location will be identified prior to the beginning of each semester, when applications open.)

How much does it cost?
Tuition is $750 and includes course materials. There are need-based scholarships, sponsored by the Town of Culpeper and Orange County, and payment plans are available.

What can I expect?
  • Sixteen 3-hour weekly sessions composed of lectures, discussion, and applied learning activities that will include up to an additional 10-12 hours per week consulting with professionals and potential customers.
  • Excellent networking opportunities with your entrepreneur peers and leaders of the business community.
  • By graduation, you will have developed the components of a comprehensive business plan and have the opportunity to work towards building on your financial knowledge as you move forward with your business.

How should I prepare?
  • Review our “What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur” Checklist to ensure you’ve considered the various facets of entrepreneurship.
  • Consider attending a “Starting Your Business” Workshop (2hrs).
  • Assess your schedule and allot time for the workshop, research, and corresponding assignments.
  • Alert family and friends of your potential upcoming commitment to solicit their support and understanding in advance.
  • Have an active and accessible Google account using your name or business name—no alias.
  • Have a laptop or tablet to access and use Google Workspace applications.
  • Get ready for an adventure!

Who can apply? 
  • The workshop is open to anyone interested in starting or expanding a business (contingent on availability and admittance).
What are some of the topics covered?
  • Market Validation; Identifying Your Customer
  • Personal Finance; Break-Even Analysis; Cash Flow Projections; Recordkeeping
  • Time Management; SMART Goals; Entrepreneurship Roadmap
  • Brand Development; Prospecting; Creating your Marketing Plan
  • Hiring Employees

How do I apply? 

  • Spring ‘24 Culpeper-Orange (COW) applications are closed. If you want to learn more about our application process, please complete this form.
  • For specific questions, please contact our Workshop & FMP Coordinator, Christine Caldwell.

When does the next semester begin?

  • Fall ‘24 Application Period: May 1, 2024 – July 5, 2024 
  • Fall ‘24  Interest Meetings: June 3, 2024 – July 16, 2024 
  • Fall ‘24  Admission Notifications: July 22, 2024
  • Fall ‘24  Orientation: August 6, 2024 and August 8, 2024
  • Fall ‘24  Classes: August 13, 2024 – December 3, 2024

What happens after graduation? 

  • Financing: Graduates are eligible to apply for microloans.
  • Financial Management Program (FMP): Get paired with a financial coach to organize records and create healthy financial habits.
  • Mentoring: Become paired with an experienced business owner from the community or join a Small Business Circle (SBC) for ongoing advisory support.
  • Networking: Continue to be a part of the CIC business network for events, showcases, pitch nights, workshops, and more.

Interested in our 16-week Entrepreneur Workshop?