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REFERRAL PROGRAM
  • Help a local small business you know and earn cash

  • Submit a referral 

  • When your referred business owner completes their needs assessment online and registers for the program - you earn cash (Rules Apply)

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TRAINING
  • Workshops at the Dallas College Innovation Center or the Integrality Small Business Center

  • Online workshops

  • Webinars

  • Business management apps to help you start, pivot or grow your business

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ADVISOR
  • Schedule one:one sessions with a business advisor

  • Complete your milestones

  • Access resources and tools needed to help your business start, pivot or grow

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TEXAS PITCH IT!
  • Pitch your growth plan for a chance to win $10,000 for your small business

  • Additional rewards and prizes

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Start.Pivot.Grow. is a new Micro Accelerator providing business assistance and access to capital-program for small businesses across North Texas. The goal of this program is to help you start a new venture, pivot in a new direction to sustain your operation, or grow and expand your business through accelerated education and ongoing business advising, technical assistance and access to business resources.

As a partner of Dallas College our firm is able to help new entrepreneurs and small business owners navigate resources throughout the community to help fill the gaps, remove barriers and build strong businesses.

 

The program asks participants to commit to completing a few steps to gain access to valuable resources and tools.

 

  1. Step 1: applicants complete a short needs assessment

  2. Step 2: complete a series of in-person workshops at Dallas College and partner sites across North Texas; and identify achievable milestones and goals

  3. Step 3: attend online MasterMind sessions with local business leaders

  4. Step 4: prepare pitch deck to apply for the Pitch It! Texas $10,000 grant competition

 

Program participants will receive access to technology and tools including LivePlan business planning software and an online curriculum, an opportunity to compete in the 2022 Pitch It! Texas pitch competition for a chance to win $10,000 and ongoing technical support provided by CynthiaNevels.com and our partners. 

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Small Business Workshops and Webinars


Workshop 1

Evaluate the Health of Your Business

You don't know what you don't know. Some of today's million dollar ventures are led by entrepreneurs who made missteps and mistakes due to lack of knowledge on how to effectively manage a business. 

The accelerator workshops introduce experts who can help you streamline your business model, identify your true mission, identify your business needs and set accomplishable milestones to reach your goals.

After successfully completing the assessment and evaluation, attendees are invited to schedule free one-on-one sessions with senior business advisors who will provide technical assistance to meet milestones and accomplish goals. 

Workshop 2

Financials (evaluating your financials, accounting process and understanding your businesses taxes)

Workshop 3 

Credit (will your personal and business credit score prevent you from accessing capital and growing your business)

Workshop 4 

Growth Strategy and Lean Canvas (develop your lean canvas and evaluate your operations to prepare for growth) 

Business Consulting and Advising
  • SBA Loan Packaging Assistance

  • Minority Certification Application Assistance 

  • Government and Corporate Contracting

  • Commercial or CDFI Loan Packaging Services

  • SBIR Funding

  • Project Management Training and Consulting

  • Accounting and Finance Assistance

  • Business Plan and Growth Strategy Development in Partnership with LivePlan

  • Consumer Goods Product Development and Retail Sales Consulting 

  • Business Licensing Services

 

Technical Assistance and Business Advising
  • Business Consulting and Advising

  • Free Webinars with Industry Experts

  • Free Local Workshops Held at Dallas College Innovation Center and Integrality Small Business Assistance Center

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