With myriad challenges facing the global economy, small businesses, including minority-owned enterprises, increasingly are being turned to for long-term solutions to revive ailing economies. Long recognized by political and business leaders as the engine of growth for the economy, small businesses, and the entrepreneurial sector in general, are garnering a great deal of attention from policymakers and corporate decisionmakers alike.
The TNJ/NMBC Entrepreneurship Boot Camp program takes into consideration the state of the current U.S. and global economies and how these realities are changing the roles and attitudes of today’s business and social entrepreneurs. Designed for two specific groups, the program is limited to 30 individuals to ensure that each participant gets the maximum benefit from the experience. The target groups for participation are:
• Individuals transitioning from employee to entrepreneur. These could be victims of downsizing, retirees or just persons planning to make a change.
• New entrepreneurs — those who have been in business less than two years.
Schedule for 2010
A two-day class will be held in New York City each quarter this year, at Bank of New York Mellon, 101 Barclay Street, New York, NY, 10286. Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. The schedule is as follows:
• Friday, March 19 – Saturday, March 20;
• Friday, June 18 – Saturday, June 19;
• Friday, September 24 – Saturday, September 25;
• Friday, December 3 – Saturday, December 4.
Application/Registration Individuals who wish to attend the Boot Camp must submit an application (see below). A team comprising representatives of the three Boot Camp sponsors reviews all applications and selects the finalists for participation. Application forms are available on line at www.nmbc.org/newpage_05.html, or by calling 212-693-5050. The fee for each participant is $150.
Session 1, Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: This session covers Introduction/Orientation; Defining the Entrepreneur; Marketing/Sales; SWOT Technique; Introduction to Business Plan. Participants are given an overnight assignment utilizing the SWOT technique in the development of a Business Plan.
Session 2: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This session covers Business Plan Review (in break-out groups); Preparing the Business Plan; Managing Finances and Human Resources.
Each session includes a summary of the topics covered and Q&A.
Gansl is a successful, hands-on entrepreneur specializing in working with teams of individual contributors to implement revenue and business growth opportunities.
His extensive experience includes developing sales teams and sales and marketing strategies for early-stage and mature companies. He was president and CEO of Netlan Interactive for 15 years and led the company to the forefront of the network systems integration market.
Don Green, President CEO, Sunsplash Productions
A seasoned entrepreneur and educator, Green has developed companies with a global reach and impact. He lectures at several universities in the fields of marketing, management, entrepreneurship and small business management and international business. He is the co-founder of the internationally acclaimed Reggae Sunsplash music festival, in Jamaica, West Indies.
Fritz-Earle Mc Lymont, Managing Partner, Mc Lymont, Kunda & Co.
Fritz-Earle started his entrepreneurial career in management consulting in the late 1960s, followed by ventures in manufacturing, transportation services and tourism. He currently operates an international trade and business development company, with clients in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. He is a co-founder of the National Minority Business Council Inc., and creator of its Global program.