The deadline is past for the January 2014 class of Enterprise DC.

To find out about future Enterprise DC trainings, please share your name and e-mail. Read below for more details about the program.

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ENTERPRISE DC is an innovative year-long entrepreneurship training program that provides free personalized assistance to start your small business. Participants receive entrepreneurship training, computer training, financial advice, and business mentoring to support their efforts to turn a hobby or skill into a profitable business.


Who can apply? Unemployed and underemployed DC residents who are eligible to work in the U.S.

When is the application deadline? January 16, 2014 THE DEADLINE IS PAST for January 2014

When does the program start? Jan 27, 2014


Participants begin with a 6-week entrepreneurship training course. The majority of the classes take place in the first 3 weeks; during the 2nd half of the course, students meet less frequently to allow for more independent work outside of class as each student develops their own business plan. The curriculum draws from the WACIF Small Business Toolkit and includes developing your business model and business plan, customer acquisition and retention, finance, budgeting, cost analysis, taxes, liability, understanding your personal goals, building and managing a team, and market research.


Entrepreneurship classes will tentatively take place at the Marshall Heights Community Development Center at 3939 Benning Rd. NE, near the Minnesota Ave. metro station. However, the location is subject to change in consideration of where accepted students are located in DC.


Students will also enroll in computer classes to augment their skills. Students complete 64 hours of classes tailored to their individual skill level, and subjects include Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, desktop publishing, web design, and "online tools" (useful for business research).


A mentor will assist students as they start their businesses, and will continue to provide support and advice to them through September 2014.


Enterprise DC is a partnership between the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF), Byte Back, and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC). If you have questions about Enterprise DC, applying, or becoming a business mentor, please contact Tim Hampton.

This program is funded by a grant from the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES)

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