PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Scale Up! Louisiana is a statewide entrepreneurial education program hosted by Urban League of Louisiana’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The program provides early stage businesses with the education and resources that are critical to creating a scalable and profitable business model. The goal of this initiative is to provide entrepreneurial development services within communities across the state of Louisiana – based on the challenges, opportunities, and small business development needs that are unique to each community. This program puts resources in place for small business education, counseling, technical assistance, mentorship, funding, and other support services within targeted communities.

Scale Up! Louisiana is a transition program that guides existing small business owners towards becoming high growth, sustainable ventures. This nine-week program is delivered via nine, six-hour, in-classroom sessions and four web classes. In addition, participants have the opportunity to work with a business advisor for counseling, technical assistance, and other support services as needed. There is no cost to participants to attend the program.

FAST FACTS:

WHO: Existing Small Business Owners

WHAT: A nine-week program delivered via nine, six-hour, in-classroom sessions and four web classes.

BONUS: A business advisor for counseling, technical assistance, and other support services as needed.

COST: FREE!

Scale Up! Louisiana provides small business owners with:

  • Entrepreneurship Education for Early Stage Businesses
  • Localized Programming Within the Community
  • One-on-One and Small Group Business Counseling
  • Access to Mentors and Business Advisors Relevant to Specific Industry and Business Needs
  • Connections to Resources to Support Growth

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

In order to participate, small businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least $40,000 in documented revenue for the previous tax year
  • Have been in business for at least 2 years
  • Must have a desire to scale
  • Must have access to a laptop for use in classroom sessions
  • Must have access to the internet and a computer with a camera at home

*For questions regarding the eligibility criteria, please contact the CEI at wbrc@urbanleaguela.org.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Course Number Course Title Duration
Orientation Orientation 3
Session 1 Thinking Outside the Box: Becoming an Innovative Entrepreneur 6
Session 2 Your Next Move: Innovative Growth Strategies 6
Web Class 1 Accounting Basics 1.5
Session 3 Balancing Act: The Personal and Business Finances of the Entrepreneur 6
Session 4 Marketing for Growth 6
Web Class 2 Collecting Customer Data 1.5
Session 5 Winning and Keeping Customers 6
Web Class 3 Employment Law Basics 1.5
Session 6 Preparing to Lead: How to Hire and Keep Good Employees 6
Session 7 Pricing Strategy 6
Web Class 4 Finding the Right Professional Services for Your Business 1.5
Session 8 Becoming Bankable Series: Preparing to Access Capital 6
Session 9 Scale Up! Louisiana Plan of Action 6
Total   63

SCALE UP! NEW ORLEANS EAST

The Urban League of Louisiana will host its first Scale Up! Louisiana series beginning in May 2016 in New Orleans East. The series will take place at Delgado Community College – Sidney Collier Site, 3727 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70126

In order to participate, small business owners must submit an online application including a narrative of their business goals and long-term aspirations. Phone interviews will also be conducted to determine the candidate’s commitment to the program and growing his/her business.

The application deadline for the spring 2019 pilot program, Scale Up! New Orleans East is Friday, April 19, 2019. Final selection and acceptance will take place by April 26, 2019

Series Schedule – Spring 2019 – New Orleans East

Course Date Course Title Time
Orientation Wed., May 1 Orientation 1:00p- 3:00p
Session 1 Wed., May 8 Thinking Outside the Box: Becoming an Innovative Entrepreneur 9:00a-3:00p
Session 2 Wed., May 15 Your Next Move: Innovative Growth Strategies 9:00a-3:00p
Web Class 1 Fri., May 17 Accounting Basics 10:00a-11:30a
Session 3 Wed., May 22 Balancing Act: The Personal and Business Finances of the Entrepreneur 9:00a-3:00p
Session 4 Wed., May 29 Marketing for Growth 9:00a-3:00p
Web Class 2 Fri., May 31 Collecting Customer Data 10:00a-11:30a
Session 5 Wed., June 5 Winning and Keeping Customers 9:00a-3:00p
Web Class 3 Fri., June 7 Employment Law Basics 10:00a-11:30a
Session 6 Wed., June 12 Preparing to Lead: How to Hire and Keep Good Employees 9:00a-3:00p
Session 7 Wed., June 19 Pricing Strategy 9:00a-3:00p
Web Class 4 Fri., June 21 Finding the Right Professional Services for Your Business 10:00a-11:30a
Session 8 Wed., June 26 Becoming Bankable Series: Preparing to Access Capital 9:00a-3:00p
Session 9 Wednesday, July 3 Scale Up! Louisiana Plan of Action 9:00a-3:00p

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