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This is an educational and mentoring program to help small business owners elevate their businesses to the next level by offering a business-training program with a multi-layered approach:

  • In-class educational program

  • Mentorship / Coaching

15 businesses will be selected through an application and interview process.  To be eligible for the program, the business must have annual revenues of a minimum of $50,000 and no more than 2 million dollars, have been in business for up to one year, and operating as a for-profit business in Dallas County.


Program Details:

Education Program: The program will offer training sessions that will enhance the business owner’s operational efficiency and capability to grow and elevate by increasing knowledge of the best practices in the business world.  There will be approximately 10 sessions that will provide each participant with specific business concepts.


Mentoring / Coaching: The program will have a host of knowledgeable business partners present at each session and can follow up with the assigned business for up to a year after graduation.  The mentors will aid in the following:

  • Develop and improve new and updated skills

  • Create a robust worth plan as to why customers should give that respective business its business

  • Develop a financial plan that will turn into a roadmap for success

  • Work with the lender to ensure the respective business is bankable



Courses will be on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.   Classes will be held at the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce 

  • Marketing and Application Open – May 24, 2024

  • Application Due – Thursday, June 07, 2024

  • Candidate Interviews – June 26-27, 2024

  • Announcement of selected small businesses – June 28, 2024

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