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Veteran and Military Spouse Entrepreneurship

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Funding provided by the Phillip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation has allowed Project Opportunity to add four (4) additional components:

  • An eight week (24 hours) Military Spouse Entrepreneurship Training Program
  • An Annual Business Pitch Competition for Project Opportunity Graduates
  • Free Business Counseling and Mentoring for Project Opportunity Graduates
  • Free Seminars and Workshops tailored to small businesses for both Project Opportunity Graduates and Veteran Small Business Owners

 

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Military Spouse Entrepreneurship Training Program

Project Opportunity has developed a 24-hour course (3 hours per night for 8 weeks) which will allow participants to learn how to research, write, and develop a business plan.   We will utilize a NxLevel  curriculum and supplement the curriculum with presentations by subject matter experts in:

Market Research and Analysis, Small Business Financials, Small Business Credit, Business Entities, Social Media, Website Design, and Commercial Insurance.


Annual Business Pitch Competition

An opportunity provided to each of our Project Opportunity Graduates

 


Free Business Counseling and Mentoring

During the 11-week cohort sessions the veterans in each cohort develop a strong and trusting relationship with their course instructors.  It is a natural flow of processes for these instructors and other subject matter experts who have been presenters to different cohorts to have the ability to work one on one with our graduates to assist them.  This business counseling would include but not be limited to:

Refining Business Plans

Assisting in locating potential sources of capital

Developing growth strategies

Developing business pitches

Assisting with the SDVOSB/VOSB Certification Application Process

Assisting with the State of Maryland MBE Certification Application

Website Consultation

Small Business Management

Small Business Finances

Marketing and Sales Strategies

Refining your personal leadership style

Developing the vision for you business

Developing a culture within the organization


Free Seminars and Workshops

Free Seminars and Workshops tailored to small businesses for both Project Opportunity Graduates and Veteran Small Business Owners