Micro Business Development
Community Action Partnership implemented the Micro Business Development (MBD) program in July 2012 as a way to spur economic development and move individuals and families out of poverty through asset development. MBD is a business readiness training program to help individuals and families achieve greater self-sufficiency.
A micro business is any type of small business that has fewer than five employees and is small enough to benefit from loans of under $35,000. In general, microenterprises do not meet the credit and/or collateral requirements necessary to access conventional financial services. About 85% of all business in US is a Micro Business and generate about 25% of all jobs in the US economy. An estimate of 4.2 Million Californians is employed by micro-businesses. They offer services ranging from car repairs to day care programs, and products ranging from specialty foods to clothing.
The Micro Business Development Program offers three different services:
- Training on Business Concepts
- Mentoring & Coaching
- Access to Funds
Training on Business Concepts
A 15-week course that presents options and strategies for achieving self-sufficiency through self-employment, with an emphasis on learning and meeting professional standards for financial management, marketing and customer service. This course is offered three times a year in English and Spanish depending on the demand.
The curriculum we use is NxLeveL® for Micro Entrepreneurs “Business Plan Basics”. NxLeveL is the world’s largest and most effective entrepreneurial training network. This introductory small-business course was developed by an experienced microbusiness training team. The 15–session course presents options and strategies for achieving self-sufficiency through self-employment, with an emphasis on learning and meeting professional standards for financial management, marketing and customer service.Click for class details
Mentoring & Coaching
The goal of the MBD Mentoring Program is to provide a way for our MBD clients who are ready to start or expand a business to get advice and support to develop the skills they need to plan, market, and manage their business. Mentoring/coaching takes many forms, but in this program we focus on one-on-one mentoring/coaching.A mentor/coach is a trusted counselor or guide who has the ability to lead, inspire and motivate his or her mentee by expanding his or her awareness, insight, and perspective. Mentors/coaches are a powerful force for developing successful professionals.
Access to Funds
Call today to sign up for the next series of classes.
- Enrollment limited to 20 students per class and filled on a first come first serve basis.
- There is a small fee to take the classes.
Next Micro Business Development Class:
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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
707-544-6911 Ext. 1090