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New Jersey Community Business Academy

The Community Business Academy (CBA) is an intensive course in basic business management and planning, where entrepreneurs gain hands-on familiarity with the fundamental concepts, tools, and skills needed to plan and run a successful business. Classes are held in Jersey City, Union City, Newark and the City of Orange Township on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. The Community Business Academy is designed specifically for the start-up entrepreneur with little or no business experience or someone in the process of growing a micro-business.

Program Length: 12 consecutive sessions, once a week.

Curriculum: Intensive training in fundamental small-business management and planning skills.

Training Approach and Topics: Adult participatory learning methodology (guided exercises, hands-on business simulations, field trips, and group discussion). Entrepreneurs learn critical skills such as record-keeping, cash-flow management, pricing, competitive analysis, market research, selling, negotiations, business ethics and contingency planning.

Instructors: Experienced instructors with prior experience owning and running small businesses.

Business Planning: The homework assigned in class is designed to help the entrepreneur gather the basic information required to compile a business plan.

Upon Completion: Entrepreneurs who complete the program attend a special graduation and networking event to celebrate their success and expand their social network. Those with full participation through attendance, homework, and executive summary completion are eligible to receive a business-related graduation award. Successful graduates can join an alumni network called Club CEO.

Fees: Tuition for the Community Business Academy is valued at $3,000 per student. However, tuition is waived thanks to our generous supporters and donors who believe in our mission. However, all accepted participants pay a small materials and registration fee for the entire course depending on income.

Microloans and Financing: Participants interested in pursuing financing need to schedule a one-on-one consultation to address personal credit issues, to refine or complete a business plan, or to outline a fund-raising strategy that includes identifying appropriate sources of potential funding. Non-Community Business Academy participants or graduates need to apply for our Business Acceleration Services program to receive loan preparation assistance.

 

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