Business Support Services
Participating business owners will receive access to a suite of business support services that will help them to develop and implement their business Growth Plans and classroom learnings. These services include:
Business Assessments. At the start of the program, business advisors will work with business owners to assess growth opportunities, identify competitive threats, and establish key milestones to achieve growth objectives. These assessments will guide participants in creating marketing plans, realigning organizational structure, hiring staff, improving accounting and finance systems, and leveraging technology to improve day-to-day operations.
Business Support Services. Participants will be assigned a business advisor to help coach them through the development and implementation of their business Growth Plans. Participants will meet individually with their business advisors at least 5-6 times over the course of the program. The business advisors also will introduce participants to resources in the local community that can help them expand their access to business assistance. In addition, those participants who would benefit from analytical support will have an opportunity to engage the program’s advisors to help jump-start implementation of a particular aspect of their Growth Plans.
Professional Services Reviews. Professional services reviews assist businesses in legal, tax, and accounting matters and help business owners address the following types of questions: Is my business a properly formed legal entity? Does my business have the proper procedures in place to comply with relevant laws and regulations? Have I established effective/efficient financial and managerial accounting systems?
Business Advice. Support will be available to provide coaching in specific areas, such as in leadership or strategic planning and to help business owners troubleshoot road blocks, share best practices, frame effective strategy, and drive sustainable growth.
Government Contracting and Incentives. For scholars whose businesses offer products or services for which there is a government market, a clinic will be presented to assess how to compete effectively in the government procurement process, navigate the regulatory environment, and take advantage of government incentive programs that can help them improve their bottom lines. Networking Opportunities. Business opportunities are often identified through relationships with other business people, especially when a business has a wide range of contacts upon which it can draw. Therefore the program will provide forums for participants to network with each other and with other leaders and groups in the community that can help participants make the connections they need to more effectively pursue business growth.
HOW TO APPLY: Click the Download Application button, complete the brief information form, download the full application, and submit the completed application and required supplemental documents to 10,000 Small Businesses at Delgado Community College. NOTE: The online information form is NOT the full application