The SF LGBT Center New Entrepreneur Training Program is a nine-week training program where six to eight new entrepreneurs from different businesses (pre-existing or not) will work as a cohort in a mutually supportive environment to develop their respective businesses from the ground up. The program is currently open to individuals and businesses in San Francisco only.
The program is one of the approved small business training programs that are required to apply for a grant ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 offered by the City of San Francisco’s Business Training Grant Program.
The program will cover all aspects of creating and running a new business, which includes marketing, business finance, entity formation, strategic planning, organizational planning, and operational planning. The program will also invite industry experts to act as guest speakers during classes.
The nine-week program will be broken down into three-hour-long lectures and in-class exercises led by the Small Business Consultant at the LGBT Center once a week with occasional guest speakers and weekly assignments for the entrepreneurs to complete outside of class.
At the end of the program, the entrepreneurs will present their business plans to a panel of judges, which will include lawyers, serial entrepreneurs, business consultants, and potential investors/lenders who will provide valuable feedback for your business.
We accept applications year-round on a rolling basis and a new cohort starts around every nine weeks.
Questions? Contact Small Business consultant Eddie Tang at SBConsultant@sfcenter.org.