Q: Who should apply to take Plan It!
A: People with a business idea in mind, but desire professional knowledge on how to actualize business plans.
Q: What are the benefits of graduating from the class?
- Join a growing network of more than 4,500 NDC alumni
- Professional consulting services for program graduates in business
- Access to low-cost accounting services
- Access to Pro Bono Legal services. (Note: Pro bono services are not available to participants whose household or business income exceeds NDC Guidelines or those residing or operating their businesses out of the NDC targeted service area. Pro Bono legal services are available on a limited basis and are subject to attorney availability. Client is responsible for any out-of-pocket expenses, such as filing or recording fees).
- Eligibility to apply for loans
- Invitation to the Annual Entrepreneur Awards honoring outstanding program graduates
Q: How many students are in a class?
A: Typically, 8-12 students.
Q: Who are the trainers?
A: Professional consultants with small business expertise, teaching acumen and cultural competence.
Q: Is this program offered in any languages other than English?
A: Yes! It’s also offered in Hmong, Oromo, Somali and Spanish.
Q: When does the class meet and for how long?
A: The class meets one evening a week for two hours. Class dates vary based on community.
Q: How much is this class?
A: Program fees are determined on a sliding scale ($150-$650), based on household income and family size.
Q: What types of businesses have graduates started after finishing this class?
A: Program graduates successfully operate businesses in child care, graphic design, catering, landscaping, construction, auto repair, restaurants, taxi services and a variety of other industries.
Q: Do I have to open my business in a specific neighborhood?
A: You can open your business wherever you like, however if you’re seeking additional resources from NDC you will need to open your business in one of our targeted demographic areas.
Q: Do I have to start my business right away?
A: You’re not required to immediately start your business upon completion of the training program. Starting a business and becoming a successful entrepreneur is an individual process, so the time frame is solely up to you. When you are ready and your business plan is complete, we encourage you to let us know so that we can provide the necessary help and assist you in getting started.
Q: Once I complete the class, what do I do next?
A: If you have used your one-on-one hours with your trainer, your business plan is complete and you are ready for the second phase of becoming an entrepreneur, call us and we can provide additional business services (i.e. legal assistance, marketing, record keeping, loans).
Q: How do I apply?
A: Contact NDC to receive an application or download it here. Once your application has been completed please return your application to our office.
Neighborhood Development Center
c/o Emma Spillman
663 University Avenue, Suite 200, Saint Paul, MN 55104
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