Business Training

85 For A Year of Business Training for Women

Women with the desire to start or expand their own businesses can look to Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, Inc. (WEB) for the knowledge and resources needed to succeed. Elements of their Business Skills Training Course include financing strategies, business skills education, internet and computer use, community networking, government certification, and legal and tax requirements. Participants receive mentoring, business consultations, and additional resource referrals as part of the package. Applicants are prescreened to ensure that they have both a viable business idea and the entrepreneurial spirit necessary for success. Participants must attend 12 weeks of training, write a business plan, and intend to start a business before or within nine months after training is completed. For a year, graduates receive free technical assistance, resources, and support from staff and WEB’s extensive network of volunteers. WEB also helps clients finance their ventures – assisting in the preparation of loan application packages for loans up to $250,000 and finding an appropriate lender. Cost for the full program – only $85 to $325, depending on income. Contact: WEB, Inc., 1118 Light St., Ste 202, Baltimore, MD 21230, 410-727-4921


25000 Loan Serves As First Step Towards Business Ownership

Prospective business owners looking to set up shop in Washington DC’s Ward 7/Marshall Heights area have strong support from the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization (MHCDO). The MHCDO provides, often at no cost, entrepreneurial and business training, one-on-one small business counseling in its Business Information Resource Center, technical assistance with loans, legal, accounting and other business-related areas, and special loan packaging, and loans ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. The group will also perform market research and assist with the development of print advertisements and other materials to promote the entrepreneur’s business. Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, 3939 Benning Road, NE, Washington, DC 20019, 202-396-1200