Now accepting applications for the Spring 2023 Entrepreneur Training Program!

In collaboration with neighborhood organizations, we offer training and education that supports entrepreneurs realize their potential, develop a business plan, and take action on the next steps with their dreams. Through engaging with this program, we support entrepreneurs as they strengthen their skills as leaders, potential employers, and change agents in their communities.


The Entrepreneur Training Program offers participants an overview of fundamental business principles as well as dedicated one-on-one support. By graduation, participants should understand their business model, target market, and business financials. We provide accountability as participants formally register their business, create budgets and systems of bookkeeping, and write a business plan.

  • Expert Trainers: Get personalized advice and take actions to reach your specific goals from trainers from the community who have done it before.
  • Personalized Instruction: 11 classroom sessions in small cohorts paired with 10 hours of one-on-one meetings with a trainer to coach you on your specific needs. We also offer training in Spanish. (También ofrecemos formación en español.)
  • Virtual Learning: Classes are conducted online due to COVID-19.
  • Schedule: This program takes 16 weeks from start to finish. Two-hour class sessions once per week that navigate through the different elements of a business plan.
  • Low Cost: A $75 fee covers all expenses including classes, one-on-one meetings, and a textbook. Payment plans are available. We do not want the program fee to be a barrier to your next steps.


Our training program is designed for aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs and business owners who are ready to take action. Prospective participants will submit an application and may be invited to an interview. Many applicants are accepted but some may be recommended for our introductory seminar, Business 101.

  • Location: This class is designed for people who live in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park. Classes for residents of Inkster are coming soon.
  • Requirements: Strong applicants have a single, focused, for-profit business idea and have taken some steps to making their idea reality.
  • Applicants: Our approach advocates for those who face challenges, and we prioritize people from low-income communities who identify as Black, indigenous, and/or other people of color including immigrants (we offer our training in Spanish). Contact us if you need support with your application.

Applications for Fall 2023 are open until August 13, 2023!

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