a program of Southwest Solutions
How often is the training class offered?
The training class is offered twice per year at each Community Partner, in the winter and the fall.
How do I get into the class?
The first step to getting into the class is to submit an application. The applications for the class are accepted year-round and can be submitted at one of our Community Partner locations, to ProsperUS Detroit online or by mail.
How do I know if I got in?
After we receive your application and enter it into our database, when it is time to select participants, we will contact you for an interview. After the interview, we will notify you whether you were accepted to the program.
If I don’t get in, what do I do?
We always have more applicants for the program than we can accept each season. If we inform you that we could not accept you, we will let you know why. The main reason you may not get accepted is that we have determined, after the interview, that our program may not be the best one for you. There are numerous options available throughout the city for different stages of business development, and we will make a referral to the ones that may be better for you.
How long is the training class?
The training class is 20 weeks long. The classroom sessions, including the graduation, meet 12 times during this period.
What time are the classes held?
Most classes meet in the evening, from 6-8 PM. Occasionally, classes may be offered during the day and may also include a Spanish language-only class, if there is a demand for it.
What else is involved/included with the training?
Course Materials: We provide the textbook that guides participants through the steps of completing a business plan.
One-on-One Sessions: Each participant also receives ten hours of one-on-one business coaching with their class trainer.
Is there a cost for the training?
Each participant pays a fee of $75 or $150 based on their annual household income and family size. The fee is significantly reduced from the actual cost of almost $800 per participant because all residents of Detroit receive a scholarship that covers most of the training costs.
Where can I take the class?
The classes are offered in all of our target economic development areas at our Community Partner locations: Cody-Rouge / Warrendale, Southwest Detroit, Lower East Side, Central Woodward-North End, and Grandmont Rosedale.
Our Community Partners and locations are:
Who are the trainers?
Our Trainers are long-time business professionals who have come from a variety of professional backgrounds. Some have honed their skills working for and with Fortune 500 companies. They are, themselves, business owners and consultants with varying areas of expertise including:
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