1:1 Coaching

You know your business best. We’re here to help you succeed.

First, we will listen as you describe what you are trying to accomplish with your business, what challenges you are seeking to overcome, and how you think we can help. We will dedicate as much time to your business as you need, and our coaching is always free.

Then, we will assess how we can help and respond with the activities we recommend that you complete, with our help. The most common activities are outlined below.

For Early-stage Businesses


Assessing the Business

  • Participate in First 1-on-1 Session with an Ally
  • Establish Business and Financial Goals
  • Analyze Capital Needs
  • Create A4CB Action Plan

Getting Started

  • Attend Starting a Business 101 Workshop
  • Attend QuickBooks Workshop
  • Attend W/MBE Workshop
  • Attend Personal Financial Coaching Workshop

Preparing to Launch

  • Create Pitch
  • Create Business Plan
  • Create Financial Forecast
  • Establish Legal Organization
  • Secure License
  • Purchase Business Insurance
  • Open Business Bank Account
  • Establish Online Bookkeeping

Planning for Stability

  • Seek Initial Financing
  • Update A4CB Action Plan

For Emerging Businesses


Improving Financial Management

  • Update Financial Forecast with Breakeven Analysis
  • Refine Financial Statements
  • Seek Grant Financing (when available)

Defining Business Operations

  • Establish KPIs Dashboard
  • Create Operations Handbook

Preparing for Growth

  • Complete a Brand Reactor
  • Enhance Marketing Plan
  • Create Partnership Development Strategy
  • Lease Hatchery Space
  • Seek Additional Financing

For Established Businesses


Participate in Collaborations

  • Complete Neighborhood Entrepreneurship Lab
  • Secure W/MBE Certification
  • Create W/MBE Business Capabilities Statement
  • Secure first W/MBE Contract
  • Secure Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grant
  • Acquire Real Estate

Attract Outside Investors

  • Update Pitch Deck
  • Create Proposed Deal Structure
  • Develop Investor Network

Planning for Succession or Acquisition

  • Secure Outside Counsel
  • Create Initial Valuation
  • Evaluate Succession or Acquisition Options
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