Plan It! Entrepreneur Training Class
Plan It! An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Success training class, helps emerging entrepreneurs learn the fundamentals of running a business and develop a solid business plan. As a part of our continuing commitment to small businesses and the community, NDC, in conjunction with Neighborhood Partners, intend to help in reducing barriers to small business success for residents in the Twin Cities metro area who want to learn the skills needed to start and operate their own small business.
Program Selection Criteria
We are looking for participants who:
- Plan to open a business within one of our targeted neighborhoods in the Twin Cities metro area:
- University Corridor – St. Paul
- North End
- East Side St. Paul
- West Side St. Paul (not West St. Paul in Dakota County)
- West Seventh Neighborhood
- North Minneapolis
- North East Minneapolis
- South Minneapolis (not including Uptown)
- Brooklyn Park
- Brooklyn Center
- Has a clear and focused business idea that you want to pursue or expand
- Business idea is for-profit ventures (not including Real Estate, Non-profit, and Transportation out of state business ventures)
- Looking for someone that is committed and will make every effort to complete the course, create a business plan, and meet the expectations of the trainer
Class fees are determined on a sliding scale ($150 – $650), based on household income, family size, and if you live or plan to operate your business in one of our target neighborhoods. Applicants who are neither residents of nor operate their businesses in one of NDC’S target neighborhoods must pay the full $650.00 course fee and are not eligible for NDC’S ongoing support services.
Unless otherwise negotiated, payment is due before you attend your first class session. Payment plans are available upon request; the total class fee must be paid by the start of week 6.
Plan It! classes meet weekly online through Zoom Video Conferencing once a week for two hours for 12 sessions. Maximum class size is 15. You also will have up to ten (10) 1:1 hours to meet with your class trainer, who will consult and coach you in developing your business plan. Topics that will be covered: attributes and planning for business success, target market, competitive analysis, marketing & branding, credit & financing, management & operations, financial planning and more.
Schedule 20-minute Interview
Please understand that submitting your application is an indication of interest. Once you complete the online application, the next step will be to schedule a 20-minute informal interview with Class Trainer, NDC Training Manager, and Neighborhood Partner, which will be conducted online through Zoom. The purpose of this interview is to learn more about you and your business idea. We will select individuals from the pool of applicants after all the interviews have been completed.
Training Class Schedules for Spring 2021
Traditional Plan It! Training Class Schedule Options
Thank you for your interest in our Traditional training classes. We are no longer accepting applications for our Spring 2021 training classes. The next opportunity to take the Plan It! training class is Fall 2021. We will begin accepting application mid-June / early-July 2021. If you would like to be notified when we begin accepting applications for Fall 2021 training class, please complete our Training Program Interest Form by clicking “Training Interest Form” button below.
Food Industry Plan It! Training Class Schedule Option
Thank you for your interest in our Food Industry training classes. We are no longer accepting applications for our Spring 2021 training classes. The next opportunity to take the Plan It! training class is Fall 2021. We will begin accepting application mid-June / early-July 2021. If you would like to be notified when we begin accepting applications for Fall 2021 training class, please complete our Training Program Interest Form by clicking “Training Interest Form” button below.