Programs To Aid Minority-Owned Businesses


Start: October 23, 2023 Pitch Day: October 26, 2023
Registration Deadline: October 21, 2023

  • 4 days; 10am-noon Price: $199 Members; $375 Non-Members
  • Agenda Day 1: Understanding Social Entrepreneurship Morning Session: Welcome and Introduction Icebreaker Activity Overview of Social Entrepreneurship Key Concepts and Definitions Afternoon Session: Historical Perspectives on Social Entrepreneurship Case Studies of Successful Social Enterprises Identifying Social Problems and Needs Day 2: The Business of Social Entrepreneurship Morning Session: Business Models for Social Enterprises Revenue Generation Strategies Impact Measurement and Metrics Afternoon Session: Legal Structures for Social Enterprises Funding Sources and Fundraising Guest Speaker: TBA Day 3: Developing a Social Enterprise Idea Morning Session: Idea Generation Techniques Identifying Target Audiences and Beneficiaries Defining Your Social Impact Afternoon Session: Market Research and Validation Value Proposition and Unique Selling Points Group Activity: Pitching Social Enterprise Ideas Day 4: Building a Sustainable Social Enterprise Morning Session: Business Planning and Strategy Building a Team and Partnerships Risk Management and Sustainability Afternoon Session: Ethical Considerations in Social Entrepreneurship Pitch Development Workshop Final Pitch Presentation and Feedback

November 8, 2023
Registration Deadline: November 4, 2023

  • One Day; 8:30am-5pm CST Price: $99 Members; $175 Non-Members
  • Agenda: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Registration and Networking Welcome attendees, provide name tags, and encourage networking among participants. 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Opening Remarks Welcome participants and introduce the goals of the lab. 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM: Session 1 - Understanding Funding Options Overview of different funding sources (e.g., grants, loans, investors). Guest speakers from successful entrepreneurs sharing their funding journey. Q&A session. 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Coffee Break 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Session 2 - Building a Strong Business Plan Importance of a solid business plan. Workshop on creating an effective business plan. Case studies and group discussions. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch Break Networking opportunities during lunch. 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM: Session 3 - Financial Management and Budgeting Budgeting basics for businesses. Financial management tips. Interactive exercise on budgeting. 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Afternoon Break 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM: Session 4 - Pitching and Investor Relations Crafting an effective pitch. Role-play exercises for pitching to investors. Tips for building investor relationships. 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Closing Remarks Recap of key takeaways. Information on ongoing resources and support. 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Networking Reception

December 4-7, 2023
Registration Deadline: December 2, 2023

  • 4 Days; (10am-Noon; CST) Price: $199 Members; $375 Non-Members
  • Agenda Day 1: Business Foundations and Strategy
    • Morning Session:
      • Welcome and Introduction
      • Icebreaker and Networking
      • Setting Expectations and Goals
    • Mid-Morning Session:
      • Identifying Business Goals and Vision
      • Market Analysis and Target Audience
    • Lunch:
      • Networking Lunch with Mentors
    • Afternoon Session:
      • Business Planning and Strategy Development
      • Legal and Financial Basics for Scaling
    Day 2: Marketing and Branding
    • Morning Session:
      • Building a Strong Brand Identity
      • Effective Marketing Strategies
    • Mid-Morning Session:
      • Social Media Marketing
      • Content Creation and Promotion
    • Lunch:
      • Panel Discussion
    • Afternoon Session:
      • Digital Marketing Tools and Analytics
      • Developing a Marketing Plan
    Day 3: Operations and Scaling
    • Morning Session:
      • Scalable Business Models
      • Supply Chain and Logistics
    • Mid-Morning Session:
      • Technology and Automation
      • Customer Relationship Management
    • Lunch:
      • Roundtable Discussions on Scaling Challenges
    • Afternoon Session:
      • Access to Funding and Financing
      • Building a Growth Team
    Day 4: Pitching and Investment
    • Morning Session:
      • Crafting a Compelling Pitch
      • Pitch Practice and Feedback
    • Mid-Morning Session:
      • Investor Relations and Due Diligence
      • Pitch Deck Design
    • Lunch:
      • Networking Lunch with Potential Investors
    • Afternoon Session:
      • Pitch Competition
      • Awards and Closing Ceremony

Weekly opportunities to learn from thought leaders and experts

  • Price: Members- FREE ; Non-Members-$15

Limited scholarships are available for each program.

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