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.

What is the commitment?
  • Attendance to All 16 Sessions: Your active participation in all 16 in-person sessions is crucial to your success in this program. Each session builds upon the last, and your presence ensures a comprehensive understanding of the material.
  • Engagement and Participation in Discussions: Active engagement and thoughtful participation in discussions enrich the learning experience. Ask questions, share insights, and collaborate with your fellow participants.
  • Completion of Assignments on or Before Due Dates: Completing homework assignments on time is essential for your progress and to maximize your learning.
  • Give Your Full Attention: Distractions can hinder your understanding of the material and limit the value you gain from this experience.
  • Participation in Financial Analysis Review: Participate in the financial analysis review of your personal and business cash flow to understand your financial health and plan for the future.
  • Fully Paid Tuition: The tuition is $750 and includes course materials. Need-based scholarships 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 much does it cost?
Tuition is $750 and includes course materials. There are need-based scholarships, and payment plans are available.

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.
  • Watch Central Virginia Small Business Development Center’s (CV SBDC) “Starting Your Business” on-demand course. (1.5 hrs).
  • 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!
What are some of the topics covered?
  • Market Validation; Identifying Your Customer
  • Personal Finance; Break-Even Analysis; Cash Flow Projections; Recordkeeping
  • SMART Goals; Entrepreneurship Roadmap
  • Brand Development; Prospecting; Creating your Marketing Plan
  • Hiring Employees


Who can apply? 

  • The workshop is open to anyone interested in starting or expanding a business (contingent on availability and admittance).

How do I apply? 

What dates do I need to remember?

  • Application Period: May 1, 2024 – July 5, 2024
  • Interest Meetings: June 3, 2024 – July 16, 2024
  • Acceptance Notification: July 22, 2024
  • Orientation: August 6, 2024
  • Sessions: August 13, 2024 – December 3, 2024 (except the week of Thanksgiving)

What CIC benefits am I eligible to receive 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.

Build your business with our 16-week Entrepreneur Workshop!