The Greater Ocala Community Development Corporation (GOCDC) in cooperation with the Small Business Development Corporation, and local business leaders has developed a seven week training program to share critical factors of success with West Ocala business owners.
Classes will be held at the Ocala Housing Authority Building located at 1629 NW 4th St, Ocala, FL 34475. Each class will be 90 minutes in duration and begin at 6:00 PM starting on May 24, 2018 - July 12, 2018. Classes are free to West Ocala Businesses, but class size will be limited to 6-8.
Each class will be taught by a practicing professional to ensure business owners are able to ask questions and gain deep insight to every facet of building a successful company. Program classes to include:
Week 1 - Concept Analysis
Week 2 - Business Structure
Week 3 - Strategic Planning
Week 4 - Finance & Accounting
Week 5 - Sales & Marketing
Week 6 - Accessing Capital
Week 7 - Shark Tank Presentation
All courses materials will be provided by GOCDC and sponsors and will be distributed to participants weekly. At the end of week seven, participants will be given an opportunity to present their business concept in front of a panel of business leaders. Each participants will be judged on presentation, vision, planning, and plan of action. The winner of the presentation will receive $5,000 to be used to help fund their plan of action.
Are you a small business owner interested in moving to the next level or an entrepreneur with a solution to an identified need? To be considered for a position in our inaugural class, please submit a one page letter of interest as an introduction to your business or business concept and please include the following:
Your full name
Your email address
Your business name
Company website (if applicable)
Number of years in business (If applicable)
Industry you currently operate in or desire to enter?
What is the greatest challenge facing your company?
Where do you see your business in the next two years?
All letters must be submitted by midnight May 17, 2018. Submissions will be reviewed by the GOCDC board of directors and program participants will be chosen by lottery and notifications will be made on May 18, 2018.