prepare for funding opportunities

This course prepares small business owners and entrepreneurs in Jackson County, Michigan for non-traditional funding opportunities such as Michigan Tribe micro-grants, Michigan Women Forward micro-loans, pitch competitions, and more. 

This course was designed to connect women and People of Color with more financial opportunities. 

BUSINESS PLANNING with Michigan SBDC

Session 1

Perfect your business plan and learn what traditional and non-traditional funders expect to see.  

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT with TRUE Community Credit Union

Session 2

Prepare your financial documents for grant and loan opportunities, and understand Profit & Loss statements. 

PITCH COMPETITIONS with Invite Consulting

Session 3

Craft and practice your pitch for competitions, video submissions, and investor conversations. 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES by Community Partners

Session 4

You'll hear from community partners about funding opportunities and useful resources for businesses so you can use everything you've learned to move your business forward! 

COST

$75

 

cost

DATES

Wednesdays in August

from 6-7:30pm

 

location

Zoom

*Link provided after registration

FAQs

Q: Is this course just for women?

A: No. We've specifically designed this course for those traditionally underfunded as business owners and entrepreneurs, which includes women, people of color, and those in the LGBTQ+ community. However, all are welcome to apply. 

Q: Can I sign up for just one of the weekly classes?

A: No. When you sign up, you're agreeing to attend all four of the weekly classes to ensure you have everything you need to apply for funding opportunities like Michigan Tribe micro-grants, Michigan Women Forward micro-loans, and pitch competitions. 

Q: What kinds of businesses are a good fit for this course?

A: The course is designed for a variety of businesses, including brick and mortar, franchises, service-based businesses, multi-passionate entrepreneurs, and more. It's best for those ready to start or grow their business, but they need funding to do so. 

Q: Do I have to attend live?

A: Yes. It's best that you attend each class live (whether you choose in-person or virtual), since there will be an interactive component to ensure your business moves forward and is ready for funding opportunities. 

ONLY 12 SPOTS AVAILABLE.