In February 2009, The Network Journal partnered with the National Minority Business Council, Inc. (NMBC), to establish an Entrepreneurship Boot Camp targeting individuals transitioning from employee to entrepreneur and early-stage entrepreneurs. A 12-hour course, the Boot Camp focuses on creating successful business or social entrepreneurs. Its instructors are business veterans who themselves have made the successful transition from employee to entrepreneurship.
The Boot Camp coincides with President Obama’s recognition and encouragement of the spirit of entrepreneurship. “In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted -- for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom,” the president said in his inaugural speech in January.
Benefits of participating in the TNJ/NMBC Entrepreneurship Boot Camp include a one-year subscription to The Network Journal; six-month membership in the NMBC, which was established in 1972 as an organization of business owners; networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs; and continued access to the instructors.
Boot Camp participants have expressed appreciation for the course. Here are some of their testimonials:
“My expectations were fulfilled ten-fold. This class did not only provide instruction on the various situations entrepreneurs may come across but also the open discussion offered real life learning opportunities.”
“What I came to this meeting for was to get structure and technique. I got that here and more. I believe I have the tools to begin the formalization of my business.”
“I derived the confidence to execute my plan and most importantly find direction on where to go from here.”
“The instructors were patient, professional and very personable. They were clear and made sure the information was understood. The program gave me enough information and encouragement to seriously consider becoming an entrepreneur.”
“The Boot Camp was very practical and thought provoking.”
“It gave me the courage to think big. All very helpful and encouraging.”
“This program met more than my expectations, because I came in not knowing much about being an entrepreneur and now I feel like I am able to be one. The instructors were very knowledgeable and they have been very helpful.”
“It made me realize that owning my own business is attainable. It has inspired me and motivated me to maintain my momentum.”
Sponsoring a Boot Camp
The Boot Camp can be offered as an intensive two-day course, which any organization may sponsor. Sponsors are responsible for marketing and hosting the event. The recommended number of participants per Boot Camp is a minimum of 12.
For additional information, please contact:
Fritz-Earle Mc Lymont
Tel.: (212) 693 5050