The Office of Economic Opportunity, in partnership with the Center for Women and Enterprise and the Division of Community Development, has created a Self-Employment Program for currently unemployed and under-employer Providence residents who are interested in starting their own businesses.
The PVD Self-Employment Program will provide unemployed and under-employed Providence residents with the training and support necessary so that they can become reemployed by starting their own businesses. The program will provide training and educational opportunities to 100 unemployed and under-employed Providence residents, helping them gain financial literacy, practical business skills, and access to capital required to start and grow small businesses. The next 12 session program (12 session over 3 weeks) begins on Monday, September 14 and will be offered for Spanish-speaking residents.
The program consists of a two-module course:
- Business Planning
- Mentoring Program
The Business Planning Program is a comprehensive course that walks participants through the creation of a bank-ready business plan. Classes will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 5:30 PM –9:30 PM virtually via Zoom.
Immediately after graduation from Business Planning, participants will start the Mentoring Program. As part of the program, participants will attend mandatory virtual meetings. The first meeting will be spent working with a mentor to create a work-plan to prepare for the launch of the business. Every week the participants will meet with their business mentor to review their progress on the work-plan and to receive specialized help and assistance. At their other virtual meeting, participants will attend workshops on various topics related to launching a business. Workshop topics will be selected to reflect the needs and requirements of each cohort of participants.