GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute is a 501c 3 organization specializing in services for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Non Profits and the Public Sectors. We provide technical assistance, business training and workshops, staff training, development incubation services and youth empowerment programs . We provide support for organizations at every stage of the business cycle: from idea feasibility through start-up, growth and expansion.
The GBDCEI has worked to develop, guide and support organizations, small businesses and entrepreneurs. During that time, we have discovered that the mentality and approach towards entrepreneurship is flawed. The majority of the individuals encountered and the main stream media views the skills of the successful entrepreneur to be innate and a “magic” that one is born with. The GBDCEI strongly disagrees with this thought process. The skills that are required to be a successful entrepreneur can be learned through a series of programs; one on one coaching, technical assistance and with incubation, we assist clients in creating a competitive advantage.
For Small Businesses
To ensure the long-term sustainability of our clients, GBDCEI takes a one-stop shop approach to business development. We focus primarily on Planning, Marketing, Business Development and Training combined with some back end support. In addition to getting to market faster, this incubation like approach results in saving time and money for our clients. GBDCEI designs, develops and delivers quality programs for small businesses, corporations and non-profit and government organizations.
We specialize in providing the business community with:
- Sales, Leadership, Service Training
- Small Business Workshops
- Training Programs for Profit and Nonprofits Businesses
- Small Business Development Foundation
GBDCEI manages, implements, and deploys, organization programs, new business processes and strategic alliance partnerships to increase sales and industry reach. We begin the process with a needs analysis which serves as the basis for a strategic plan. Depending on the individual needs of each client, the plan elements vary and can include:
- Traditional Marketing Efforts
- Social Media/ Internet Marketing
- New Program/Business Development
- Events Assistance
- Public Relations
We work closely with clients to:
- Implement, Analyze and Deploy New Business Processes
- Manage partner relationships to increase business and identify new opportunities for company partnerships.
- Track all business development activities, analyze quarterly progress and suggest new strategies based on findings to ensure specified territory is managed and effectively run; train sales team on affiliate relationships and programs in each territory.
- Build and maintain successful relationships with partners
- Oversee workflows for accounts, manage partner communications for territory and resolve escalated issues or questions from partners and clients.
GBDCEI is dedicated to helping women and men who traditionally lack access to resources and information to achieve financial self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship. We provide training, support services, resources, and networks for business owners at every stage of business development, from idea feasibility through start-up, growth and expansion.
Classes and Workshops – GBDCEI is well known for its in-depth and comprehensive small business training programs, which provide access to essential business-building tools and information. Practical, hands-on, introductory, business planning and advanced classes taught by GBDCEI will train small business owners to provide invaluable business information, guidance and support to entrepreneurial women and men throughout the world in several languages.
Financing Resource–GBDCEI provides financial education and access to capital to help small business owners become better managers of their business finances and understand their growth opportunities. GBDCEI assists individuals, who otherwise could not, access capital necessary for business start-up and growth, by providing loan packaging, connections to banks, non-profit loan funds, private sources, post loan support, micro-grants and CDFIs.
Individual Consulting – Individual Consulting offers business owners one-on-one tailored advice and professional expertise needed to achieve their goals and respond to the changing demands of their businesses. Coaching is conducted by professionals that are at the top of their field and through a strategic alliance partnership program with the GBDC and are accessible to the GBDCEI clients.
Business Incubation – GBDCEI provides on-site and virtual business incubation to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Renaissance’s on-site business incubator provides business support services, management assistance and low-cost office space including utilities, shared meeting rooms, office equipment, reception and janitorial services.
For Non Profits
The GBDCEI specializes in providing administrative management, strategic planning, grant research writing/ reporting and support services to nonprofit organizations.
We provide the extra hands you need to manage your day-to-day operations including membership recruitment and retention, event planning and registration, budgeting and accounting, print and electronic communications, website development, IT support, and volunteer board and committee management.
If you’re looking to boost your organization’s productivity, support your volunteers and achieve great things, GBDCEI has packages that will meet the needs of most organizations.
GBDCEI’s goal is to educate the youth in our community. We would like to reduce the high-school drop out rate by placing, training and teaching our kids. Historically in this country all formative years of education teaches our children how to become prepared to get a job and keep it. GBDCEI aims to change this mindset. We believe that entrepreneurship should become a formal part of the elementary and high school curriculum. We teach our children the skills not only to get a job but also how to create one for them. We focus on developing leadership, communication and negotiation skills. GBDCEI holds many youth programs each year such as our competitions and Kid-Preneur Leadership Academy, that help aid in the cause.