Small Business Essentials

All classes are currently held online.

This in-depth, multi-session course series covers all critical components of creating and fine-tuning a business plan. Upon graduation from the course, you will have a robust business plan to take you from launch to expansion and beyond.

Course Overview

  • Learn the key components to launching a successful business: creating an executive summary, legal compliance, marketing, finance, human resources, operations, sales and more
  • Connect with your classmates, a community of fellow women-entrepreneurs
  • Receive one-on-one support from a business mentor throughout the class
  • Attend bonus lab nights and get support from classmates and business experts
  • Present your completed business plan at the graduation celebration at course conclusion
  • Gain access to a large pool of subject matter expert volunteers to help with specific needs


  • You must first complete WomenVenture’s Getting Ready course before enrolling in Small Business Essentials.
  • Apply with the application below for Small Business Essentials sessions beginning in May and July 2021.
  • If you have any questions about the SBE Application, please email Mer’Ce Tyler, WomenVenture Training Specialist at

Scholarship Program

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