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, from 6 pm – 9 pm, at a convenient location for Culpeper and Orange County residents. (The day of the week and 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?
  • Weekly 3-hour evening class sessions.
  • 16 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 lectures, discussions, and applied learning activities that can include an additional 10-12 hours per week consulting with professionals and potential customers.
  • By graduation, you will have developed the components of a comprehensive business plan and consulted with financial advisors on personal finance.

How should I prepare?

Who can apply? 
  • The workshop is open to anyone interested in starting or expanding a business (contingent on availability and admittance).
  • Contact us at (434) 218-3481 to learn more
What are some of the topics covered?
  • Challenging your Assumptions
  • Talking to your Customers
  • Who is my Target Market?
  • Personal Finance; Break-Even Analysis
  • Your Time as an Asset; Time Management
  • Brand Development; Prospecting; Creating your Marketing Plan
  • Accounting; Cash Flow Projections; Credit & Financing
  • Investing in People: Creating a Team
  • The 1-Year Plan


How do I apply? 

  • Applications for the Fall ’24 semester will open by October 30, 2023.
  • If you would like to receive a notification when applications become available, learn more about our application process or other CIC programs, please fill out this form.
  • For specific questions, please contact our Workshop & FMP Coordinator, Christine Caldwell.

When does the next semester begin?

  • Spring ’24 Application Period: Oct 30, 2023 – Jan 16, 2024
  • Spring ’24 Interest Meetings: Dec 4, 2023 – Jan 30, 2024
  • Spring ’24 Admission Notifications: Feb 2, 2024
  • Spring ’24 Orientation: Feb 6, 2024 – Feb 22, 2024
  • Spring ’24 Classes: Feb 27, 2024 – June 11, 2024

What happens after graduation? 

  • Financing: Graduates are eligible to apply for microloans.
  • Mentoring: Become paired with an experienced business owner from the community or join a Small Business Circle 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?