Entrepreneur Workshop

Whether you are an established brand or a fledgling concept, the 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?
Our Entrepreneur Workshop meets each Tuesday for 16 weeks, from 6 pm – 9 pm, at a Charlottesville location. (Specifics will be identified at the beginning of each semester.)
How much does it cost?
Tuition is $750 and includes course materials. There are need-based scholarships and payment plans 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? 

  • Ready to apply?!  Fill out an application.
  • If you’re not quite ready to apply for the Entrepreneur Workshop, but want to learn more about our application process or other CIC programs, please fill out this form.

When does the next semester begin?

  • Spring ’23 Application Period: Oct 31, 2022 – Jan 17, 2023
  • Spring ’23 Interest Meetings: Dec 5, 2022 – Jan 31, 2023
  • Spring ’23 Admission Notifications: Feb 3, 2023
  • Spring ’23 Classes: Feb 28, 2023 – June 13, 2023

What happens after graduation? 

  • Financing: Graduates are eligible to apply for microloans.
  • 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, showcases, pitch nights, workshops, and more.

Ready to build your business?