Ignite & Spark Small Business Fellowship

Calling All Entrepreneurs, Creatives, and Innovators! We are seeking participants for our 2023/24 Ignite & Spark Small Business Fellowship!

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The JUBOH Foundation is excited to announce the Ignite & Spark Fellowship Program! This is a unique, free-of-charge 3-week program for motivated and ambitious business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives seeking to enhance their business acumen and gain resources that will take their business to the next level. Each

The Ignite & Spark Fellowship begins on November 30, 2023 and concludes on December 15, 2023. Sessions will be held twice weekly, once every Tuesday at 7 PM (virtual) and once every Thursday at 7 PM ( virtual). If you are unable to attend in-person exceptions will be made. Each week, our class will be led by an industry expert in a specific field to discuss various business topics including Business Management, Finances and Funding, Human Resources and Operations, Marketing and Brand Awareness and more.

At the completion of our 5-Week Comprehensive Program,  your organization will have the opportunity to pitch your business to a panel of industry experts and corporate executives for the chance to win up to $130,000 in small business grants and the chance to win a brand new Apple iPad mini WiFi 256GB for your business.

The deadline to submit your application is November 30, 2023, at 8 AM EST.

Workshop Topics & Areas of Discourse

Week 1: Introduction to Small Business Funding & Business Credit Building Solutions

  • In Week 1 we will discuss the various ways to attract external funding sources for your business in various formats such as: Private Equity, Venture Capital, Debt, Crowd Fundraising, etc.
  • We will also discuss the major business credit bureaus, how to build credit as a small business, establishing commercial lines of credit, etc.

Week 1: Revenue, High-Ticket Sales, Cashflow Management

  • In Week 1 we will discuss financial management and revenue generation strategies. This week will also include Financial Basics for Entrepreneurs (income statement, balance sheet, cash flow), budgeting and forecasting; and financial planning.

Week 2: Systems Optimizations, Operations, Legal and Human Resources

In Week 2 we will discuss:

  • Systems Implementation and Operational Processes
  •  Operationals Efficieny and Streamlining Business Processes
  • Payroll and Benefits
  • Legal / HR Compliance & Employment Laws and Regulations

Week 2: Strategic Partnerships, Marketing and Brand Awareness / Growth Strategies

In Week 2 we will discuss the following:

  • Positioning Your Unique Value Proposition
  • Digital Marketing Essentials
  • Content Marketing and SEO
  • Customer Relationship Management

Week 3: Final Presentations , Business Pitch Competition+ Grant Awards, and Graduation

  • Participants present their business plans and growth strategies
  • Grant Awards Announced and Distributed at Our Black Tie Gala
  • Graduation Ceremony and Networking Reception

Throughout the 3-week fellowship program, participants will also have access to mentors, guest speakers, and resources to support their small business journey. The program aims to provide a comprehensive education on various aspects of entrepreneurship while fostering a strong sense of community and collaboration among the participants.

Apply To Our 2023/24 Program

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