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Application-based Programs

Below, you will find detailed descriptions of all of our Application-based Programs. Click on the links below to jump down to course descriptions and details. You must first fill out an application before registering for these courses.

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FastTrac®
FastTrac® NewVenture™ – Develop your ideas to start your business
FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ – Refine your business plan to grow your business
FastTrac® NewVenture™ for the Veteran Entrepreneur Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
FastTrac® NewVenture™ for the Female Entrepreneur
New Female Entrepreneurship Program! FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ for the Female Entrepreneur
FastTrac® TechVenture™
Strategic Steps for Growth
An executive education program for the following business sectors:
1) M/WBE-Certified firms
2) Media, Entertainment and Technology Industry firms
CAP/NYCEO Mentorship Program

A premier public/private partnership aimed at helping M/WBE-certified and small Professional Services, Standard Services and Goods businesses grow - See program details about the CAP/NYCEO Mentorship Program.     Applications are being accepted now!




FastTrac® NewVenture™

Make your business idea a reality!
Just because you are an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to figure everything out on your own. Our free workshop offered in partnership with The SUNY Levin Institute, FastTrac® NewVenture™ can put you on the path to success. 

With the guidance of successful entrepreneurs, experienced coaches and a supportive peer community, FastTrac® NewVenture™ will help you refine your business concept, identify the components of a strong business plan, and access the appropriate resources to complete your launch. The benefits of FastTrac® NewVenture™ will last you long after the workshop has ended and into your role as a start-up business owner.

Don’t take our word for it – 99% of past students say they’d recommend FastTrac® NewVenture™ to other entrepreneurs. Total course hours: 7 sessions, 49 hours

You are eligible for FastTrac® NewVenture™ if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have a well thought-out idea for a new business
  • Two years of work experience
  • Access to a computer to complete assignments
  • Have conducted some market research
  • Commitment to attend all sessions (approximately 50 classroom hours) and complete prep work (approximately 15-20 hours per week)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Given the volume of applications and limited number of seats, applicants are encouraged to apply early. This is a competitive program, so please be sure to submit a thoughtful and complete application.

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates
The SUNY Levin Institute
116 E 55th Street,
New York, New York 10022
 
9am-4pm

Mon/Thurs

5/14, 5/18, 5/21, 5/28, 6/1, 6/4, 6/8

Apply Now 

For more information, please Contact an Account Manager. You can also see our FastTrac FAQ (in PDF) to learn more.

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FastTrac® GrowthVenture™

Take your business to the next level!
Dozens  of business owners have grown their companies as a result of FastTrac® GrowthVenture™. It can give you the tools and support to get your business to the next stage of growth.

In this free workshop offered in partnership with The SUNY Levin Institute, you’ll create an actionable plan for strategic growth, receive one-on-one assistance from experienced entrepreneurs, and join a learning community of peer entrepreneurs.  The benefits last long after the workshop is over.

Don’t take our word for it – 99% of past students say they’d recommend FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ to other business owners. Total course hours: 8 sessions, 32 hours

You are eligible for FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ if your business:

  • Has been in operation for one or more years 
  • Has achieved sales targets and has demonstrated market potential
  • Provides a well thought out argument for how FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ will benefit your company
  • Has access to a computer to complete assignments
  • Commitment to attend all sessions (approximately 30 classroom hours) and complete prep
    work

Can more than one person from the same business apply to FastTrac® GrowthVenture™? Given the volume of applications and limited number of seats, only one person per business can apply and be accepted to FastTrac® GrowthVenture™. If there is more than one business owner/partner, only one person should apply.

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

The SUNY Levin Institute
116 E 55th Street,
New York, New York 10022
 

5pm-9pm

Tues/Thurs

5/28, 6/2, 6/4, 6/9, 6/11, 6/16, 6/18, 6/23

Apply Now

For more information, please Contact an Account Manager.  You can also see our FastTrac FAQ (in PDF) to learn more.

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Veterans Entrepreneurship Program - FastTrac® NewVenture™ for the Veteran Entrepreneur

If you served at least one day in the active US military, naval, or air service, including the Reserves and National Guard, you are eligible as a US veteran for this program.

Don’t just think about starting a business, make it happen!

Veterans are naturally well-performing business owners and possess leadership skills that are necessary to start successful businesses and create jobs. Our FastTrac® NewVenture™ for the Veteran Entrepreneur, offered at no cost to you, can put you on the path to success.

This FastTrac NewVenture program, offered in partnership with The SUNY Levin Institute, and designed specifically for military service veterans, provides the guidance of successful entrepreneurs, experienced coaches and a supportive peer community, to help you refine your business concept, identify the components of a strong business plan, and access the appropriate resources and benefits available to our service veterans to complete your launch. The benefits of FastTrac® NewVenture™ will last you long after the workshop has ended and into your role as a start-up business owner.

Total course hours: 7 sessions, 49 hours

You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have served at least one day in the active military, naval, or air service, including the Reserves and National Guard
  • Have a well thought-out idea for a new business
  • Two years of work experience
  • Access to a computer to complete assignments
  • Have conducted some market research
  • Commitment to attend all sessions (approximately 50 classroom hours) and complete prep work (approximately 15-20 hours per week)

This is a competitive program, so please be sure to submit a thoughtful and complete application.

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

The SUNY Levin Institute
116 E 55th Street,
New York, New York 10022
 

9am-4pm

Various

NOTE:

TBD

Apply Now

For more information, please Contact an Account Manager. You can also see our FastTrac FAQ (in PDF) to learn more.

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New! FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ for the Female Entrepreneur

Ladies - Take your business to the next level!
Hundreds of business owners have grown their companies as a result of participating in FastTrac® GrowthVenture™. It gives you the tools and support to help get your business to the next stage of growth.

In this free workshop offered in partnership with The SUNY Levin Institute, you’ll create an actionable plan for strategic growth, receive one-on-one assistance from experienced entrepreneurs, and join a learning community of fellow women entrepreneurs.  This course specifically addresses the challenges that women entrepreneurs face and reviews the resources available to women-owned businesses.  The benefits from the curriculum and the network you will develop through this course will last long after the workshop is over.

But don’t take our word for it – 99% of past students say they’d recommend FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ to other business owners. Total course hours: 8 sessions, 32 hours

You are eligible for FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ for the Female Entrepreneur, if your woman-owned business:

  • Has been in operation for one or more years
  • Has achieved sales targets and has demonstrated market potential
  • Provides a well thought out argument for how FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ will benefit your company
  • Has access to a computer to complete assignments
  • Commitment to attend all sessions (approximately 30 classroom hours) and complete prep work

Can more than one person from the same business apply to FastTrac® GrowthVenture™? Given the volume of applications and limited number of seats, only one person per business can apply and be accepted to FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ for the Female Entrepreneur. If there is more than one business owner/partner, only one person should apply.

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

The SUNY Levin Institute
116 E 55th Street,
New York, New York 10022
 

5pm-9pm

Various

10/27, 10/29, 11/3, 11/6, 11/10, 11/13, 11/17, 11/20

Class Filled

For more information, please Contact an Account Manager. You can also see our FastTrac FAQ (in PDF) to learn more.

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FastTrac® NewVenture™ for the Female Entrepreneur

Learn how to launch your business with other female entrepreneurs!
This free workshop offered in partnership with The SUNY Levin Institute will take you through the requirements of making your business a reality, with focused attention on overcoming the challenges specific to female entrepreneurs and the resources available for women-owned businesses.

With the guidance of successful entrepreneurs, business experts and experienced coaches, FastTrac® NewVenture™ for the Female Entrepreneur will help you refine your business concept, identify the components of a strong business plan, and access the appropriate resources to complete your launch. With additional focus on networking, negotiating and certification, this course will provide you not only with the tools to help you launch your business, but with a network of supportive female entrepreneurs.

99% of past students say they’d recommend FastTrac® NewVenture™ to other entrepreneurs.

Total course hours: 7 sessions, 49 hours

You are eligible for FastTrac® NewVenture™ for the Female Entrepreneur if you meet the following criteria:

  • Are a female looking to launch a business idea
  • Have a well thought-out idea for a new business
  • Have two years of work experience
  • Have access to a computer to complete assignments
  • Have conducted some market research
  • Are committed to attending all sessions (approximately 50 classroom hours) and complete prep work (approximately 15-20 hours per week)

Given the volume of applications and limited number of seats, applicants are encouraged to apply early. This is a competitive program, so please be sure to submit a thoughtful and complete application.

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

The SUNY Levin Institute
116 E 55th Street,
New York, New York 10022
 

9am-4pm

Various

5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2

Application Closed

For more information, please Contact an Account Manager. You can also see our FastTrac FAQ (in PDF) to learn more.

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FastTrac® TechVenture™

Got the next big tech idea but no idea how to make it into a business?

You don’t have to figure it out on your own. Our free course FastTrac® TechVenture™, offered in partnership with the SUNY Levin Institute, can help make your big idea a reality.

With the guidance of successful entrepreneurs, experienced coaches and a supportive peer community, FastTrac® TechVenture™ will not only help you refine your business concept, identify the components of a strong business plan, and access the appropriate resources to complete your launch, it will help you tackle the specific challenges of a tech-based business like protecting your intellectual property and where to find funding. This program is designed to provide technology entrepreneurs with a proven framework and a network of connections to help grow your big idea into the next great innovation. The benefits of FastTrac® TechVenture™ will last you long after the workshop has ended and into your role as a start-up business owner.

Don’t take our word for it – 99% of past students say they’d recommend FastTrac® to other entrepreneurs. Total course hours: 7 sessions, 49 hours

You are eligible for FastTrac® TechVenture™ if you meet the following criteria:

  • A well thought-out tech-based idea for a new business,
  • Two years of work experience, and preferably experience working on a tech project or project team
  • Technical skills related to your tech concept
  • Access to a computer to complete assignments,
  • Conducted some market research, and
  • Commitment to attend all sessions (approximately 50 classroom hours) and complete prep work (approximately 15-20 hours per week).

Given the limited number of seats, applicants are encouraged to apply early. This is a competitive program, so please be sure to submit a thoughtful and complete application.

Course Location Time Day(s) Dates

The SUNY Levin Institute
116 E 55th Street,
New York, New York 10022
 

9am-4pm

TBD

Check back for new dates in Fall 2015

Apply Now

For more information, please Contact an Account Manager.  You can also see our FastTrac FAQ (in PDF) to learn more.

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Strategic Steps for Growth
Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program

A premier executive education program for M/WBEs in NYC
Strategic Steps for Growth is a nine-month executive business management education program designed for M/WBE-certified firms, offered by the New York City Department of Small Business Services and the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.  The program gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience through classes, using their own businesses as real-life business case studies and advice from business leaders and other entrepreneurs.

Results of our Strategic Steps for Growth graduates to date:

  • Five cohorts of 68 entrepreneurs have completed the curriculum
  • Government contracts won totaling over $130 million
  • New hires: 400+ employees
  • Secured over $6 million in new financing

For more program details and applicant criteria, please see our Strategic Steps for Growth M/WBE Program FAQ (in PDF).  Our next class is scheduled to start in Oct 2014. 

Apply Now!

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Strategic Steps for Growth
Media and Entertainment Industry Program

A premier executive education program for Media & Entertainment-related businesses in NYC
Strategic Steps for Growth is a nine-month executive education program designed for media-, entertainment- and technology-related firms, offered by the New York City Department of Small Business Services, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), and the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business’ Entertainment, Media and Technology Program.  This education program provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience through classes, the study of real-life business cases and advice from industry leaders and other entrepreneurs.

The benefits that media, entertainment and technology industry firms will receive from this program include:

  • Learning to better manage your company
  • Networking with industry experts on new media and technology
  • Connecting to Media and Entertainment business events
  • Developing a Three-Year Strategic Growth Action PlanTM to implement in your business

For more program details, please see the Strategic Steps for Growth MOME Program FAQs  (in PDF) or our brochure.  Our next class is scheduled to start in Oct 2014. 

Apply Now!

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CAP/NYCEO Mentorship Program

Professional Services, Standard Services, and Goods M/WBEs and small businesses in the NYC area, come learn from the very best in the private sector!

In order to help M/WBE-certified and small businesses grow, SBS is partnering with Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and our ten corporate partners in the Corporate Alliance Program (CAP)Professional Services firms (such as advertising/marketing, accounting and legal), Standard Services firms (such as janitorial/building maintenance, catering and security services) and Goods firms (such as IT equipment/parts, office supplies, and energy-saving light bulbs) are invited to apply to this competitive program.  Applications are being accepted now!

Selected participants will:

  • Be assigned to a mentorship group with two to three other selected firms and a mentor who is an experienced and successful entreprenuer and member of Entrepreneurs' Organization's NY Chapter
  • Over 26 weeks starting in March, 2015, will meet with their mentorship group and mentor to work on business and leadership goals
  • Attend learning seminars on relevant business topics presented by executives from the CAP corporate partner organizations, including a corporate procurement-focused workshop
  • Be advised by an executive from a CAP corporate partner on a specific business challenge, as applicable
  • In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Is the owner of a Professional Services, Standard Services or Goods NYC-certified Minority- and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) or small business that has been in operation for at least three years
    • Has a record of continual growth for the past two years
    • Has at least two employees (including owner)
    • Has annual revenues between $200,000 and $800,000
    • Has a business plan, company profile, growth plan or capabilities statement

For more details, see our CAP/NYCEO Mentorship Program FAQs (PDF).

Apply Now!  Application deadline is February 27, 2015.

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