Business Plan Training for Entrepreneurs in Developing Neighborhoods

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© 2018 by Urban Business Support. Designed by NA Developers.

Our curriculum was developed, implemented, and licensed by Centro Community Partners in Oakland, California. 

Entrepreneurship Program

Urban Business Support employs the curriculum developed, implemented, and licensed by Centro Community Partners in Oakland, California. The Basic Business Training Program is an in-person, 10-week course for business owners with no formal business education who need help adapting to gentrification. The program mirrors Centro's Business Planning App - our flagship tool to help small businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods adapt, survive, and grow in the new marketplace emerging around them.



  • 30 hours of in-class training on basic business competencies

  • 3 hours of one-on-one coaching with one of our experienced business trainers

  • Learn and gain live feedback within a cohort of 6 to 10 diverse entrepreneurs

  • Delivered using Centro's Business Planning App

  • Led by a facilitator trained to enrich in class discussion, encourage 360 feedback, and foster critical thinking



  • Gain basic knowledge of business concepts

  • Create a basic business plan and presentation

  • Work in collaboration with a small group of other local entrepreneurs

  • Broaden your professional network

  • Build community leadership skills



  • Can show sales of their product or service

  • Display a genuine dedication to staying in the neighborhood and doing what it takes to grow the business

  • Are able to truthfully commit to 3-4 hours of course-related work every week for 10 weeks

  • Can attend weekly classes

  • Exhibit coachability- the willingness, desire, and ability to challenge old ideas and learn new ones 

  • Seek profit AND social benefit to your community


The program is intended for graduates of the Business Plan in a Day. The cost of the 10 classes, including a Financial Literacy module is free. There is, however, an enrollment deposit returned upon completion of the course.