I WOULDN'T CALL THEM
CLASSES; I WOULD CALL
THEM EYE OPENERS.

Aissatou N'daiye
Tukulor by Naissa
CBA Grad Spring 2015

COMMUNITY BUSINESS ACADEMY

 

This 12-week course offers hands-on training in business planning and management:

  • Teaches business fundamentals like budgeting, marketing, bookkeeping and financing
  • Classes are taught in both English and Spanish on weeknights and Saturday mornings
  • Consecutive 3-hour sessions that meet once per week.
  • Offered twice per year, with four concurrent classes in February and September
  • Classes are currently held in Jersey City, the City of Orange Township, Union City and Newark.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • WHAT’S THE COST

    Tuition for the Community Business Academy is valued at $3,000 per student. Thanks to our generous supporters and donors, tuition is waived for every student accepted into the program. All participants, however, must pay a small materials and registration fee towards the course. Based on your household income, your fees are calculated on a sliding scale ranging from $150 to $375. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify.

  • WHAT IS CLASS LIKE?

    Our curriculum is based on Adult Participatory Learning methodology, which basically means that we place an emphasis in hands-on, experiential learning and reinforcement of key concepts; through guided exercises, business simulations, field trips, and group discussion. You’ll be immersed into a community of entrepreneurs where you’ll learn as much from your instructor as you do from your classmates. You’ll also have a lot of fun testing your business ideas in a safe space with people who become invested in your success.

  • WHAT WILL I LEARN?

    The homework assigned in class is designed to help you gather the basic information required in a business plan. You work actively on planning for your own business by learning how to answer the most important questions:

    • Who are my customers?
    • What should I charge?
    • What are my costs?
    • How much money will I make?
    • How can I beat my competition?
    • How much money do I need to get started?
    • Where can I get the money I need?
    • How do I register my business?

    By graduation, you will be able to write a basic business plan answering these questions and more.

  • WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?

    Our instructors all actively own or run small businesses, and have been through a one-year immersion training program geared towards maximizing their experience as entrepreneurs in teaching small business concepts.

  • WHAT DO GRADUATES RECEIVE?

    Entrepreneurs who complete the program receive:

    • A certificate of Graduation from the Community Business Academy
    • An individualized Action Plan outlining “next steps” to help you meet your business goals
    • Discounted and exclusive enrollment in Business Acceleration Services

    Successful graduates join our alumni network of Rising Tide Entrepreneurs.

    Qualified graduates are eligible to receive up to six college credits, valued at $5,000 towards a program of study at Saint Peter’s University School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

  • HOW DO I KNOW THAT THE CBA IS RIGHT FOR ME?
    • Do you have a passion to start your own business?
    • Do you have a strong business idea, and experience in your chosen industry?
    • Do you own a business, but think you could be more successful if you learned how to better manage it?

    If you answered YES to any of these questions then the CBA will help you jumpstart your vision of business ownership.

  • WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

    In order to be accepted into the Community Business Academy, you must first register to attend one of our free information sessions. Attendance at this session is mandatory in order to receive an application for the CBA. Fill out this program inquiry form and we’ll contact you with upcoming information sessions.

My business may have eventually become successful based on my determination alone. However, it would not be the profitable entity it is today without the knowledge and resources I gained through the CBA. Since graduating, my business has tripled in production, gained repeat business, broke even and has begun to see profits.

RENE MAYO OWNER/FOUNDER NOGGIN SEEDS, LLC
CBA GRAD SPRING 2012