Small Business Essentials

This is an in-depth course designed with serious entrepreneurs in mind. It is a multi-session series that covers all of the critical components of creating and fine-tuning a business plan that will take you from launch to expansion and beyond.

Course Benefits & Overview

  • Learn the key components to launching a successful business: creating an executive summary, legal compliance, marketing, finance, human resources, operations and sales
  • Receive one-on-one support from an expert business mentor throughout the duration of the class
  • Attend bonus lab nights and get support from classmates and business experts
  • A community of fellow women entrepreneurs in the class
  • Opportunity to present your completed business plan at the graduation celebration at the end of the class


You must successfully complete WomenVenture's Getting Ready course to be eligible to apply for Small Business Essentials enrollment.

Registration for Small Business Essentials is through application only. We're currently accepting applications for the February 12th cohort. To apply for this course, please contact Zoila Guachichulca, Training Specialist

Once you submit a completed Small Business Essentials application, please allow us a week to review. If your application is approved, you will need to register and pay your class fees a week before class begins.

Small Business Essentials really helped me to refine my ideas and get a stronger understanding of business related issues like finances and marketing. Learning more about creating a target market has been instrumental in helping us reach out to the type of clients that will get the most value out of the work we offer. I even solidified a strong sales pitch that allowed us to really speak to the strengths that we bring to the table.

Cecilia Stanton Adams,
Small Business Essentials Graduate

Scholarship Program

We have a generous scholarship program for our classes. Find out if you are eligible to attend for a reduced fee.