Is anyone else obsessed with personal development for their business?
Before starting my business, Bamboo Detroit, I never thought I’d be a CEO. I stumbled into entrepreneurship, so I know it can be hard figuring how to launch a new business.
Don’t be deterred! There are a lot of resources to assist. I’ve used a lot of free and low-cost programs in the area to help me elevate my business.
Here are the top ones that I always recommend to others:
- Inforum Michigan master class and beginning class. This class meets monthly for a year for women entrepreneurs focusing on leadership and business. Cost: Low-cost and scholarships available. Website: https://inforummichigan.org/
- 10K Goldman Sachs Small Business Program: This course runs like a “mini M.B.A.” course. It meets 1 day a week with some evenings. I tdoes require a larger time commitment, but ask almost anyone who’s graduated the program and they’ll tell you it is worth it. Cost: Free (but an interview/ application is required). Speakers from top business schools fly in to do some of the sessions. Website: http://www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000-small-businesses/US/
- Entrepreneurs Detroit/ EO Detroit Accelerator: This program helps you focus on growing your revenue to get to the $1 Million mark. (At the $1 million mark, you can be part of the regular EO network.) Only 4% of companies reach $1 Million in revenue. The class meets quarterly throughout the year focusing on Strategy, Execution, People and Cash Flow. Cost: $1,700 for the entire year. Extra special bonus: You get access to some regular EO member events to throughout the year, tapping into a good network. Website: https://www.eonetwork.org/detroit
- Brazen Detroit. I’m now a part of Brazen Detroit, and DWLN is a partner. Brazen is made up of growth groups and peer to peer support from women entrepreneurs. This is a great way to tap into a local and national network for women entrepreneurs. Cost: $40 month membership fee. Website: https://brazenglobal.com/detroit/
Entrepreneurship can be an exciting journey. Enjoy the ride and don’t be afraid to try a new route!
Amanda Lewan is Co-founder and CEO of Bamboo, a real estate company that builds collaborative work spaces empowering entrepreneurs. She is also an award-winning writer and entrepreneur who is inspired to create more empathy in the world through art and entrepreneurship.