Business and Entrepreneurship Training

CE-Oh! is a virtual, 10-week business and entrepreneurship training program that combines online learning with live, facilitator-led sessions at NO COST to you (normally $2,500 per person).

For the September 2022 cohort, the North Central Florida SCORE Chapter is once again collaborating with the Tech Quest Apprenticeship Program, a Department of Labor grant awarded to Clark University, which underwrites CE-Oh!, to bring this training program to individuals who want to learn the fundamentals of launching a business.

The CE-Oh! program consists of (1) online e-Learning modules (self-study), (2) live facilitator-led online training sessions to review and reinforce the e-Learning content, (3) Guest Speakers that convey real-world experiences, success, failures, and advice through the lens of the learning content, and (4) weekly mentor meetings with teams.

At the beginning of the program, participants will be grouped into teams and assigned a Team Mentor. Under the supervision and guidance of their Team Mentor for a minimum of one hour per week, teams will apply the content covered by the Training Facilitator as they develop a simulated business model canvas and an investor pitch deck designed to obtain startup or business development funding.

In the final week of the program, teams will present their simulated business model canvas and pitch deck to an audience of investors, bankers, business leaders, and/or other seasoned professionals that will provide invaluable feedback and coaching. After the teams are evaluated, the top winners will receive cash prizes and donated professional services.

Mentors and teams engage in friendly “coopetition”, where everyone learns, builds professional networks, and has a great time in an uplifting program for the entire community.

This blended learning curriculum is designed for unemployed and underemployed individuals looking for ways to build their portfolio of skills and gain economic traction. Whether a person wants to start their own business, enter the workforce, become an apprentice, or take college courses, CE-Oh! offer timeless skills for the modern worker.


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For a limited time, the Tech Quest Apprenticeship (TQA) grant is offering, at no cost,
the online CE-Oh! Business and Entrepreneurship course to eligible individuals.
We are now accepting applications for the next CE-Oh! course in September. Apply now!

Registration for the June cohort is closed.

We are now accepting applications for the next CE-Oh! course in September. Apply now!

Cohort begins 9/13/2022
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START SMALL.

DREAM BIG.

ACT NOW.

CE-Oh! is a business and entrepreneurship course that helps people monetize their passion, skills, and talent. It delivers powerful concepts with plain words, hard facts, and engaging stories. It is practical—and inspiring.

This training package is modular and customizable based on the needs of participants. With a range of training approaches, CE-Oh! can include a focus on self-paced learning, collaborative skill-building exercises, or community engagement events.

Participants who complete the program:

Have the tools to start their own business

They learn what it takes to get started, generate value, and make good decisions.

Are more employable and ready to work

They gain foundational business, financial, and technological literacy that transfer to nearly every profession.

Can earn industry-recognized certifications

They learn from a curriculum designed to help participants earn Pearson Certiport Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certification.

The Program At A Glance

The CE-Oh! program is designed to teach core business concepts and build essential skills, helping participants develop an entrepreneurial mindset through curated learning modules. With a range of training approaches, CE-Oh! can include a focus on self-pace learning, collaborative skill-building exercises, or community engagement events.

1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Learn about and compare real entrepreneurs & innovators; and learn how products & services are developed in response to customer needs.

2: Problem Solving & Social Responsibility

Identify ways to solve social problems; learn the purpose of mission and vision statements; and provide examples of socially responsible business practices.

3: Business Ideas and Creative Thinking

Learn about the entrepreneurial mindset; identify creative business ideation; engage in creative thinking; and learn the purpose of the business model canvas.

4: Market Research

Learn the importance of planning and using market research methodologies; the concept of Lean Startup Methodology; explore market research resources; understand primary and secondary data; refine business ideas based on research and applying research cycles.

5: Economics

Focusing on the U.S. economy, learn about types of economic systems; identify the role of the entrepreneur in the economy; learn about suppliers and consumers and their relationship; and learn the concept of supply and demand.

6: Competition

Understand different types of competition and how it impacts pricing; identify different types of competitors; explore ways for businesses to remain competitive; and learn how to gather competitive intelligence and create competitive advantages.

7: Value Propositions

Identify and describe value proposition; differentiate between benefits and features; and identify ways to promote value.

8: Business Expenses

Examine common business expense categories; understand contribution margins; determine profit and loss; apply break-even analysis; and learn ways to manage ongoing business expenses.

9: Revenue Streams

Identify potential revenue streams; understand sales forecasting; and learn the parts and functions of income statements.

10: Financing Your Business

Estimate the start-up investment needed; learn about ROI and how to calculate it; and find ways to obtain investments.

11: Business Financials

Learn how to utilize and analyze income statements; build a balance sheet; identify the functions of various financial statements; and learn how to calculate financial ratios.

12: Managing Your Business

Identify management functions and leaderships styles; create organizational structures; learn planning strategies; and learn how to create a healthy business environment.

13: Growth and Exit Plans

Understand business growth and product life cycles; learn how to value a business; identify possible exit strategies; and understand investments and how money grows.

14: Legal Structures

Identify different types of legal structures and their strengths and weaknesses.

15: Constructing a Business Plan

Apply what has been learned to create a business model canvas; create an elevator pitch; and learn how to build a pitch deck.


CE-Oh!

starts

September

2022

How To Enroll

Step 1:

Collect and scan the following recommended documents to verify you meet the eligibility requirements listed above. You will need to have these documents readily available to upload in step 2.

  • Copy of Driver’s License or other state/federal issued ID
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Copy of your current resume (optional)

Step 2:

Click on the SCORE registration link to complete the online application and upload copies of the documentation collected in step 1. Click “Save” at the top of the screen to submit. A representative will review your information and contact you.

Not in any of these locations? Apply for enrollment here.


CE-Oh! is offered at no cost to eligible individuals.

To qualify as eligible, you must be at a minimum:

  • 17 years of age or older and not attending secondary school (high school)
  • U.S. citizen or legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Unemployed or underemployed

Our team works with individuals to assess their needs.

Need help? Let us know.