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. 

Advanced Mentor Program

Urban Business Support employs the curriculum developed, implemented, and licensed by Centro Community Partners in Oakland, California. The 14-week Advanced Mentor Program is designed for small business entrepreneurs who are ready to grow their businesses. Currently, the program is aimed at businesses in gentrifying communities in the Seattle-Tacoma region.



  • 36 hours of in-class training on advanced business competencies, credit health, and professional development

  • 80 to 100 hours of one-on-one business advisory support

  • Two opportunities to join each year: Spring and Fall intake

Each entrepreneur is paired with a business student trained through Centro's MBA Advisor Program. Together, they create a robust and fundable business plan with financial projections, a credit improvement plan, and a professional development plan. View the roadmap they complete together to accomplish this goal.  



  • Gain advanced knowledge of business concepts and analysis techniques

  • Create a robust business plan

  • Learn about professional and leadership development

  • Receive close, tailored and professional business advice from an MBA Advisor and an Urban Business Support team member

  • Improve your credit score and gain tools to manage personal and business credit

  • Work in a small group with other entrepreneurs and MBA Advisors

  • Broaden your professional network

  • Build community leadership skills


All applications are carefully reviewed and considered prior to our interview process. We seek participants who:

  • Can show initial 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 10+ hours of course-related work every week for 14 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 their community


How to Apply

Urban Business Support is offering the next 14-Week Advanced Entrepreneurship Program in the fall of 2019. Our admissions process works on a rolling basis, so we welcome applications anytime for the next available intake.