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Objectives:

  • Facilitate training and business advice for 10 aspiring and established business owners
  • Provide 6 learning sessions and one practice session to assist business owners in developing a final business presentation for graduation 
  • Facilitate learning sessions where participants are introduced to topics and practical information necessary for running the day-to-day operations of a growing business
  • Develop interactive learning sessions where participants hear from and interact with the facilitator who shares practical information on business management and then, from a panel of experienced subject matter experts with various perspectives and different backgrounds
  • Facilitate opportunities for participants for hands on learning, interaction with other participants and interaction with practitioners and subject matter experts
  • Create environments for learning with participants at similar growth points
  • Ensure business owners understand their pricing model, profit margins, monthly expenses and revenue and sales goals
  • Measure the learning of presented information with weekly homework assignments and a final business presentation 

To graduate and receive the grant, Businesses must:

  • Attend all classes 
  • Submit all weekly homework assignments before the next class
  • Meet with each business advisor twice
  • Meet with the Facilitator weekly
  • Give a Final 15 minute presentation on April 20, 2022 Template for Final Presentation 

 


Facilitator:

Mentors: 
 

Law- Matthew L. Allison | Corporate Associate Nemphos Braue LLC
Office: 410-321-8200 | Email: MLAllison@nemphosbraue.com

Human Resources- Dr. Johnetta Thurston, PMP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Cell- 202-320-3677 | Office 301-912-4294
Email- jthurston@getjda.com |  Appointments – www.getjda.com/scheduling or https://www.jdamanagementandconsulting.com/scheduling

Accounting- Lakia Bourne |  Synergy Accounting Service 
Phone is 410-571-4722 | E-mail is lakiam@synergyacctg.com | Appointments: https://www.scheduleyou.in/EZUrdHIn

 

After each class. we will send the recording to the group for review. However, attendance is expected in each class. No excuses, please. 


LEARNING SESSIONS


Week One for Businesses
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 | 6pm to 9pm | Zoom Log In for Businesses 

Topic: Introductions, Program Orientation & Business Challenges
Facilitators: Will Holmes and Rennard Brown 

During this 3 hour session, we will discuss the goals of the program, expectations and the final presentation. Participants will introduce themselves and share (in 3 minutes): Name; Business Name; Target Customers and 12-month Revenue Goal. We will discuss the importance of the 12 month Cash Flow Projections, which will be the foundation of planning the growth of the business.

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Week Two for Businesses 
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | 6pm to 9pm | Zoom Log In

Topic: Building a Sustainable Organization’s Infrastructure
Facilitator: Will Holmes and Rennard Brown 
Panelists:  TBD

During this 3 hour session, for the first half, the facilitator will lead an interactive discussion on the Participants’ greatest challenges and how to address them with market research, customer segmentation, infrastructure, technology, planning and coordination of people and processes. During the second half, we will be joined by a panel of successful business leaders who will share their experiences, take questions and offer advice. Homework will be assigned to be submitted by the next class.

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Week Three for Businesses 
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | 6pm to 9pm | Zoom Log In

Topic: Leading People & Planning for Growth
Facilitator: Will Holmes and Rennard Brown 
Panelists: TBD

During this 3 hour session, for the first half, the facilitator will lead an interactive discussion on the Participants’ greatest challenges and how to address them with effective techniques for assessing the needs of the market, identifying organizational goals and creating win/ win situations with team members to ensure success. We will also discuss pricing, operational strategy, basic project management and allocation of time, people and resources. During the second half, we will be joined by a panel of 3 successful business leaders who will share their experiences, take questions and offer advice. Homework will be assigned to be submitted by the next class.

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Week Four for Businesses 
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | 6pm to 9pm | Zoom Log In

Topic: Marketing & Selling B2G, B2B & B2C
Facilitator: Will Holmes and Rennard Brown 
Panelists: TBD

During this 3 hour session, for the first half, the facilitator will lead an interactive discussion on the Participants’ greatest challenges and how to address them with effective market research, identifying target customers, lead generation, business development, proposal writing, strategic partnerships and relationship building. During the second half, we will be joined by a panel of representatives from government procurement offices and local anchor institutions who want to do business with smaller companies. They will share their experiences, take questions and offer advice. After the panel, we will have a discussion on social media strategy and management. Homework will be assigned to be submitted by the next class.

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Week Five for Businesses 
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 6pm to 9pm | Zoom Log In

Topic: Accounting, Human Resources, Legal, Taxes & Insurance
Facilitator: Will Holmes and Rennard Brown 
Panelists: TBD

During this 3 hour session, for the first half, the facilitator will lead an interactive discussion on the Participants’ greatest challenges and how to address them with better compliance and internal controls. We will examine best practices in Human Resources, Accounting, Contracts, Taxes and Insurance. During the second half, we will be joined by a panel consisting of a HR consultant, accountant, attorney and a financial advisor. They will share their experiences, take questions and offer advice. Homework will be assigned to be submitted by the next class.

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Week Six for Businesses 
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | 6pm to 9pm | Zoom Log In

Topic: Preparing for Capital & Essential Financial Documentation
Facilitator: Will Holmes and Rennard Brown 
Panelists: TBD

During this 3 hour session, for the first half, the facilitator will lead an interactive discussion on the Participants’ greatest challenges and how to address them with accessing capital from various sources and preparing the financial documentation and narratives necessary to attract funding. During the second half, we will be joined by a panel of lenders, investors and accountants who will share their experiences, take questions and offer advice. Homework will be assigned to be submitted by the final session.

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Homework Part 2:

Business Owners must complete the homework questionnaire (part 1) and then schedule a one-on-one with Will Holmes to discuss their final presentation. You should be ready to present after our call.  Use this link for a 30 minute call.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Practice Presentation for Businesses
Zoom Log In |
Facilitators: Will Holmes and Rennard Brown 
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Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Final Presentation and Graduation 
Zoom Log In

Topic: Presentations and Graduation
Facilitators: Keasha Haythe and Will Holmes

During our final 3 hour session, we will bring all the Participants together for presentations to local lenders and government agencies. Participants can cheer on the presenters and ask questions about their growth plans. After the presentations are complete, we will have a graduation ceremony. Certificates of Completion will be sent digitally to all Participants who completed the program.

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