SBA Contract Provides Educational Resources for Small Business Owners

Today a group of 15 local entrepreneurs and small business owners will begin an Entrepreneur Exchange program thanks to a grant from the Small Business Administration. Columbus-based Your Management Team was one of eight organizations nationwide to receive the SBA’s Scale Up America contract that is designed to deliver support and education programs to businesses with revenues from $150,000 to $500,000.

Your Management Team has a history of working with small business owners. Since 2008, Founder and President Mary McCarthy and her team have helped entrepreneurs define and develop their business ideas, plan for growth and procure funding.

During a 10-week curriculum with additional workshops and networking events, business owners will be provided with resources to help scale up their businesses, strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystems in which they operate, and create jobs. The classes will be based on FastTrac’s Growth Venture by Kauffman Foundation and include information on

  • – customer service
  • – growing you as a leader
  • – finding and hiring talent
  • – delegating and empowering employees
  • – marketing
  • – sales

In total, 30 business owners will benefit from the contract. The first cohort includes:

  • – Bare Knuckle Digital
  • – Media Script
  • – Sew To Speak
  • – The Metropreneur & Columbus Underground
  • – Lizard Apparel & Promotions, LLC
  • – BBCO Design
  • – Central Ohio Spine and Joint
  • – Minuteman Press
  • – Christian Village Academy
  • – Signed by Josette
  • – Kj Studios
  • – 360 Home Services
  • – Tres Management LLC
  • – Measurement Resources Company

The second cohort of 15 entrepreneurs will cater to women-owned businesses. Some spots are still open. To qualify business must have been operational for two years with revenue between $150,000 – $750,000.

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Photo Credit: Shellee Fisher