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 March 2023 cohort, Black Women Empowered Safe Haven, an organization that provides services to women and men, who are homeless, struggling, or need help with food, shelter, clothing, and educational resources, will be collaborating with the Tech Quest Apprenticeship Program (TQA), 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.
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.
Thank you Black Women Empowered Safe Haven for hosting the March 2023 cohort.
BWE Safe Haven March 2023 enrollee
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.
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.
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! is offered at no cost to eligible individuals.
How To Enroll
Collect and scan the following recommended documents to verify you meet the eligibility requirements listed below. 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)
To qualify as eligible, you must be:
- 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.