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Work NextStep Small Business Program

NextStep Small Business Program

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NextStep is an innovative program designed specifically for small business owners.

Since 2014, UCI has provided the NextStep program to support local business leaders on their path to growth and success. NextStep uses The StreetWise ‘MBA’™, an award winning executive training curriculum which gives business owners access to business knowledge, management know-how, and relationships for their businesses to flourish in today’s competitive marketplace. Our 7 month NextStep program gives you access to our network of volunteer professionals and mentors. Instructor facilitated class meets every other week for three hours at a University Circle location. At the end of the program, participants walk away with an individualized Strategic Growth Action Plan™ outlining the action steps required to achieve their business goals.

The key components of NextStep:

  • Leadership
  • Resource Management
  • Accessing Capital
  • Financial Analysis
  • CEO Mentoring Groups
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Securing Government and Anchor Institution Contracts
  • Strategic Growth Action Plan™

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Is it right for you:

Our ideal candidates are tired of the status quo and are looking to gain the business knowledge, skills, and trusted networks needed to successfully grow and guide their businesses.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

  • $250,000 - $10 Million in annual revenue
  • Applicants must be the business owner
  • At least one full-time employee besides the owner
  • Been in business for 3+ years
  • Ability to commit to 100 program hours over the 7 month program

The program fee is $1250.00. Partial scholarships are available for invididuals who do business in University Circle or whose business is located in one of the Greater University Circle neighborhoods.

Program background:

The foundation for this program lies in The StreetWise 'MBA'™, a 7 month business growth program created by Boston based non-profit, Interise. The program is designed to combine the best of classroom learning with real-world case studies, including the one most important to the small business owner: their own business. Industry experts, business peers, and instructors provide insights, strategies, motivation, and accountability. Since 2004, the program has served nearly 3000 small businesses in 60 programs around the country.

Special thanks to The Cleveland Foundation and the Elizabeth Ring Mather Fund

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