Advancing Minority-Owned Businesses Through Training Programs and Workshops
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“Sometimes as a business owner, you feel like you’re alone…”
“Now I have friends and comrades who I didn’t have before to be able to help me make it through this process of learning how to be a business owner and getting better at being a business owner.”
Check Out Our Programs!
We run several programs throughout the year in support of small business owners. All of our programs are comprehensive and developed to address the most important aspects of building and owning a thriving business.
MBF Financial Training
Participants that attend both financial workshops will gain an in-depth understanding of financial statements, budgeting, projections, and cash flow. (by invitation only)
Day # 1: Financial Statements, Budgeting, & Projections
- Learn to understand, analyze, and interpret financial statements to make timely, educated decisions about your business. Create projections that allow for planning the growth of your business.
Day # 2: Manage Your Cash Flow
- Understand the difference between profitability and cash flow. Managing the timing of when money enters and exits the company is crucial to business’ survival and growth. Understand how to manage your growth and know how to properly finance.
MBF Digital Marketing Training
Enrollment opens May 23, 2022
This in-depth training program will prepare you to use digital marketing to pivot and grow your business. Live classes with subject experts.
Day # 1
- Learn to understand your target audience, who they are and how to reach them. Establish a digital marketing plan that contributes to the growth of your business.
Day # 2
- Begin to implement your digital marketing plan. Understand what social platform works best for your business. Define your sales funnel and how to schedule and manage your time.
Seminario-Taller Para Pequeñas Empresas
Inscripción Comienza 15 de marzo
Fortalezca sus habilidades como empresario mientras aprende cómo obtener Capital!
Durante 11 sesiones aprenderá sobre mercadeo, contabilidad, planes de negocio y proyecciones, estados financieros, consideraciones legales y crédito, ventas, seguros, y tecnología.
Sesión 1: Misión,” Elevator Pitch” o Discurso de Presentación, Marca y Mercadeo
Sesión 2: Estrategia de mercado e Investigación de Mercados
Sesión 3: Mercadeo Digital y Análisis SWOT
Sesión 4: Principios de Contabilidad
Sesión 5: Planes de Negocio y Proyecciones
Sesión 6: Estados Financieros
Sesión 7: Consideraciones Legales y Crédito Personal y de la Empresa
Sesión 8: Certificaciones para Pequeñas Empresas y Minorías
Sesión 9: Estrategias y Plan de Ventas y Power Point y Presentación de Empresas
Sesión 10: Seguros y Tecnología de la información
Sesión 11: Presentación de Empresas
MBF Small Business Training (SBT)
Enrollment opens June 14, 2022
Ready to take your business to the next level? Sharpen your entrepreneurial skills while learning how to prepare to access capital.
This free, 5-week, 14-session program is JAM-packed with the information you need to build a solid foundation for your business and covers topics that are essential to its success!
Session 1: Mission Statement, Branding, and Marketing
Session 2: Marketing Strategies and Market Research
Session 3: Business Plan and SWOT
Session 4: Accounting 101
Session 5: Personal & Business Credit and Financing Options
Session 6: Financial Statements
Session 7: Projections and Digital Marketing Strategy
Session 8: Digital Marketing Platforms
Session 9: Amazon
Session 10: Insurance and Human Resources
Session 11: Legal Considerations
Session 12: Minority Certification and Procurement
Session 13: Information Technology and IP, Copyright, NDA, and Trademarks
Session 14: Pitches
Truist/MBF Digital Marketing Series 2020
In September 2020, MBF, in partnership with the Truist Foundation, launched an in-depth training program aimed at empowering minority-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19, to use digital marketing to pivot and grow their businesses.
Program participants attended twenty-eight hours of virtual sessions covering: Marketing Principles, Marketing Strategies, Amazon, Websites, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook. After completion of the sessions, program participants received one-on-one mentoring sessions with their choice of three of the five platform experts. A total of 467 hours of one-on-one mentoring were completed.
Upon successful competition of the virtual sessions and one-on-one mentoring, the Truist Foundation awarded each business a grant they could use for digital marketing implementation. Alongside digital marketing experts, grants were invested in website design, Instagram and Facebook clean-up, video creation, and other valuable digital marketing services. Over $250,000 in grants were awarded for implementation.
Session 1: Marketing Principles Presenter: Orlando Espinosa, Emineo Media
Session 2: Marketing Strategies Presenter: Adriana Madrinan, Florida SBDC
Session 3: Instagram Presenter: Samantha Jade, That’s SMART Business
Session 4: Website Presenter: Tasha Cunningham, The Brand Advocates, Inc.
Session 5: LinkedIn Presenter: Karen Vieira, The Med Writers
Session 6: Amazon Presenter: Carlos Alvarez, Blue Bird Marketing Solutions
Session 7: Facebook Presenter: Samantha Jade, That’s SMART Business
Chery's Financial Services LLC
“MBF’s Small Business Training provided me with a plethora of useful tools to help my business grow. It allowed me to meet small business owners experiencing the same challenges and similar business concerns as I did. The course content is incredibly useful and once applied it has taken my business to another level. I strongly recommend minority small business owners make the time to attend this training.”
Natalia Chinea Designs, Inc.
“MBF’s Small Business Training Program was a wonderful gift to receive, and I am honored to have been chosen to participate. The program was a great compilation of invaluable and applicable information for all entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses.”
Intentional Provisions Outreach Corporation
“Our organization is forever grateful to MBF for their Small Business Training. We received real-time training that was authentic and passionate in its presentation. MBF provided networking opportunities which created lifelong partnerships and business collaborations. MBF has embedded the foundations of business skills in the core of our organization.”
Illusion Hair Industries LLC D/B/A Hair Goddess Boutique
“MBF’s Small Business Training helped my business to develop a cash management system, payroll system, and understand the important of doing business with Amazon and the government. Overall, I gained insight, knowledge, contacts, and strategies on how to take my business to the next level. I would suggest this program to anyone starting a business.”
Claudia’s Flowers, LLC @claudiasflowersmiami
“I can’t thank MBF and Truist enough for this opportunity. The format, objectives, and deliverables were all professionally done. There was so much information and resources shared. The impact is forthcoming, and I expect it to be exponential.”
Other Programs Available Through Our Community Partnerships
In addition to its loan program, the MBF provides valuable business tools and resources such as counseling and training in business development and management and other related services, through partnerships with local community organizations engaged in economic development.
Announcing a partnership in 2011, the MBF teamed up with the Miami-Dade chapter of SCORE, the premier resource for small business advice and mentoring in America. This partnership allows candidates and future minority business owners recommended by MBF access to all of SCORE’s services free of charge. This includes one-on-one mentoring as well free registration to their ongoing workshop programs offering the tools needed by small business owners.
SCORE Miami matches startup business owners with more than 100 working and retired executives who donate their time and expertise as mentors.
The MBF allows for any qualified candidate to receive the organization’s resources free of charge, including:
- Group workshops offering specialized training such as social media, funding your growing business, hiring, buying a business, accounting, cash flow, creating a business plan, using QuickBooks, and website development.
- Online courses and podcasts on various topics.
- Confidential small business counseling with experts in a variety of fields to help start and build your own business, all services are free of charge for qualified candidates.
If you are interested in participating, please call (305) 379-7070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Prospera, formerly The Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida, Inc., is the leading Hispanic economic development, nonprofit organization in Florida specialized in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business in Florida. Prospera offers a variety of services specially designed for Hispanic small business owners.
The MBF has partnered with Prospera to offer entrepreneurs in the City of Miami business seminars, workshops, business consulting, as well as entrepreneurial grants. Topics covered include how to fund your business and finding resources for your growing business.
For more information about the HBIF and workshops offered please visit https://prosperausa.org/.
Small Business Development Council (SBDC)
The Small Business Development Council at Florida International University (SBDC at FIU) brings local companies a team of highly knowledgeable business consultants that offer confidential, no-cost advising to entrepreneurs and business owners looking to grow. In 2014 the MBF initiated a partnership with SBDC at FIU to provide their minority business clients access to expert advice in order to launch, grow, and renew their businesses.
To find out more about SBDC, visit www.business.fiu.edu/SBDC
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