Small business owners, entrepreneurs and startups can receive business readiness certification in Riviera Beach and the City of Plantation this fall.
Following the success of their small business workshop series hosted this summer in Riviera Beach, Consolidated Credit and Comerica bank have announced that they will host two additional small business workshops this fall in Riviera Beach and the City of Plantation, Florida. If you’re thinking of launching a small business or startup venture in South Florida, particularly in these cities, you’re encouraged to attend to receive training from industry experts to take your business to the next level. The 6-part workshop series will teach you everything you need to know to successfully start and grow a business here in South Florida.
Entrepreneurs & Startups FREE workshop series You are invited to the Comerica Bank Small Business $ense Business Certification Training 6-Session Workshop Series May 28th – July 2nd Tuesday 5:30pm -7:30pm Sponsored by: RBCDC Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation. Innovation. Restoration. Beautification. Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Consolidated Credit Solutions Comerica Bank Small Business $ense Resource Center
“We’re excited that we’ve been able to partner with Comerica Bank again to bring the small business workshop series back to Riviera Beach,” says Maria Gaitan, Director of Community Development at Consolidated Credit. “The workshop this summer in Riviera Beach was a resounding success with 26 entrepreneurs and business owners graduating from the program. However, registration was limited, so we decided to host a new series this fall, to give more Palm Beach County small business owners the opportunity to attend and learn what they need to know to be successful.”
Gaitan says Consolidated Credit and Comerica Bank also wanted to expand the workshop by offering the series in a second location. With that in mind, they have teamed up with the City of Plantation to offer the same series to Broward County small business owners.
Free Workshop Series – Register Now You are invited to the Business Readiness Certification Training Entrepreneurs and Startups Fall Session Workshop Series Oct. 16th-Nov. 20th Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm Sponsored by Comerica Bank In Partnership with Consolidated Credit Solutions Plantation – the grass is greener
Small business workshop dates and topics
|Session||Riviera Beach||City of Plantation|
|Start Smart: What Every Startup Business Should Know | Business Planning Basics||Tuesday, September 24th, 5:30-7:30||Wednesday, October 16th, 6:00-8:00|
|Business Expert Panel: Legal, Accounting, Insurance and Banking||Tuesday, October 1st, 5:30-7:30||Wednesday, October 23rd, 6:00-8:00|
|Marketing and Social Media Strategies||Tuesday, October 8th, 5:30-7:30||Wednesday, October 30th, 6:00-8:00|
|Contracting with Corporation and Government||Tuesday, October 15th, 5:30-7:30||Wednesday, November 6th, 6:00-8:00|
|Credit as an Asset | Business Funding Alternatives||Tuesday, October 22nd, 5:30-7:30||Wednesday, November 13th, 6:00-8:00|
|Business Plan Review | Business Pitch Competition and Graduation Ceremony||Tuesday, October 29th, 5:30-7:30||Wednesday, November 20th, 6:00-8:00|
Small business workshop locations
The workshop series for Palm Beach County residents will be at Comerica Bank’s Small Business $ense Resource Center located in the Clean & Safe Resource Center:
1229 E. Blue Heron.
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
The workshop series for Broward County residents will be held at the Edwin F. Deicke Auditorium:
5701 Cypress Road
Plantation, FL 33317
See Highlights from Our First Event
In the summer of 2019, Consolidated Credit partnered with Comerica Bank and the City of Riviera Beach to provide a 6-part small business readiness certification program to small business owners, entrepreneurs and startups looking to establish themselves in Palm Beach County.
Maria Gaitan, Consolidated Credit Director of Community Development: The business readiness certification training, sponsored by Comerica Bank was presented by Consolidated Credit in partnership with the City of Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency to give local small businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups the knowledge, the tools and the resources to build a sound and successful enterprise.
The attendees learned how to create a business plan, about legal and accounting principles, about marketing and, of course, how to utilize social media. They learned about alternative financing and how to do business with local government.
At Consolidated Credit, we believe that when we educate, promote and strengthen small businesses, we empower the individuals, their families and the community. We thank all the presenters and congratulate the graduates. Thank you.
Annetta Jenkins, Director of Neighborhood Services: Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency: My name is Annetta Jenkins. I’m the director of neighborhood services for the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. I connect residents to opportunities and this class is one of the best examples that I could think of that does that.
Working at the CRA, we’re focused on economic development and with economic development, we should be fostering small business. I think this program is important because we do things on a grassroots level. I think that if you come back here in five years, when we have shiny new buildings, when we have revitalized neighborhoods, that you will see a vibrant, vibrant small business core.
Irvin Ashford, Comerica Bank Sr. Vice President of Community Development and External Affairs & National Director of Financial Education: I’m Irvin Ashford, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Comerica Bank. I happen to also be the National Director of Financial Education for Comerica. I think programs in Riviera Beach are necessary and I think it’s good for the community. Comerica is in the business of helping people be successful. That also includes helping people be successful in small business and financial education.
So, this program is very appropriate for not only Comerica but for the neighborhood. It’s very much a situational business sense program. We don’t do what Comerica wants you to do. We do what you say you need done.
Bruce Lewis, LB Limited & Associates, Inc President: Hi, my name is Bruce Lewis, the President of LB Limited and Associates Strategic Public Relations. The business readiness course and training curriculum is very comprehensive. And these small businesses are challenged to the tilt on how much the really want to be viable business owners – both sustainable within their community and sustainable within their business operations.
This curriculum is so intense that each of these students have to make a commitment and they come to the table with a lot of courage and desire. We got from the business plan formation to financial schemes to projections to marketing to help them speak publicly through our pitch platform contest. And at the end of the day, they all are very, very confident in what they’re doing, even when they start and [are] not quite sure of what they want to do. When they leave this coursework, they have a clear path to success.
Thanks to Consolidated Credit, who put this program together and presented this program on behalf of the City of Riviera Beach CRA and sponsored by Comerica, these students how have a leg up and have an advantage to be competitive, self-sustaining small businesses within the City of Riviera Beach.
Receiving small business readiness certification
At the end of the six-part workshop series, participants who attended all six sessions will earn a business readiness certificate.
“Many cities and counties have similar requirements and steps you must take to become an approved vendor,” Gaitan continues. “This small business workshop series will teach you those steps so you can do business in those cities and counties. Anyone who attends all six parts of the workshop will receive a business readiness certificate. This can help you get the formal certification you need as a business operator in Palm Beach County and Broward County.”
In order to receive the business readiness certification, you must attend all six sessions of the small business workshop series. However, there is no requirement for attending all six sessions. In fact, Gaitan and her team encourage anyone who is interested but short on time to attend as many sessions as they can fit in their schedule.
“We understand that attending seminars every week for six weeks may be a challenge for people working to start a small business,” Gaitan agrees. “However, even if you can only attend one or two sessions that focus on topics you need to learn, that will be invaluable on your journey to start a new venture. And you’re welcome to attend!”