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Management and Mentorship 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® GrowthVenture™ for Established Neighborhood Businesses
FastTrac® NewVenture™ Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
FastTrac® NewVenture™ for the Female Entrepreneur
FastTrac® TechVenture™
Strategic Steps for Growth
An executive business education program for the following business sectors:
1) Minority- and Woman-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs)
2) Media, Entertainment and Technology Industry firms
CAP/NYCEO M/WBE Mentorship Program

A premier public/private partnership aimed at helping M/WBE-certified Professional Services, Standard Services, and Goods businesses grow.




FastTrac® NewVenture™

Make your business idea a reality!
If you are an entrepreneur with a business idea and want to make it a reality, FastTrac NewVenture is for you. Our free program, offered in partnership with New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library, and Workforce1 Career Centers, provides entrepreneurs the necessary tools to refine your business idea, such as: 

  • Identifying market and aligning your business to meet those needs
  • Setting financial goals
  • identifying unique features and benefits of products/services
  • Company branding
  • Completing major components of a business plan

With the guidance of successful entrepreneurs, experienced facilitators, 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 program has ended and into your role as a start-up business owner.

Total course hours: 10 sessions, 40 hours

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

  • Have a well thought-out idea for a new business or recently launched business
  • Have access to a computer to complete assignments
  • Have conducted initial market research for your planned business
  • Are committed to attending all sessions (approximately 40 classroom hours) and complete prep work

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

Queens Library Job & Business Academy

10-03 Beach 20th Street
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

5pm-9pm M/W 7/11, 7/13, 7/18, 7/20, 7/25, 7/27, 8/1, 8/3, 8/8, 8/10

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Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)
188 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016

9am-1pm T/Th 8/9, 8/11, 8/16, 8/18, 8/23, 8/25, 8/30, 9/1, 9/8, 9/12

Apply Here

For more information, please Contact an Account Manager.

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FastTrac® GrowthVenture™

Take your business to the next level!
If you're looking to grow your existing business, FastTrac GrowthVenture is the program for you. It provides the tools necessary to build a long-term plan to create a sustainable business and future growth by:

  • Creating an actionable plan for strategic growth
  • Analyzing your business and evaluating the market for growth
  • Finding ways to strengthen products/services
  • Optimizing the roles and responsibilities of management
  • Improving profits and financial performance while you grow

In this free program offered in partnership with New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library, and Workforce1 Career Centers, 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. 

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 
  • Your business has achieved sales targets and demonstrated market potential
  • You can provide a well thought-out argument for how FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ will benefit your company
  • You have access to a computer to complete assignments
  • You are committed 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

NYC Department of Small Business Services
110 William Street, 7th Floor New York, NY 10038 

5pm-9pm M/W 5/4, 5/9, 5/11, 5/16, 5/16, 5/18, 5/23, 5/25, 6/1

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Staten Island Workforce1 Career Center
120 Stuyvesant Place, 
Staten Island, NY 10301

5pm-9pm T/Th 7/12, 7/14, 7/19, 7/21, 7/26, 7/28, 8/2, 8/4

Apply Here

Queens Workforce1 Career Center
168-25 Jamaica Ave, 2nd Floor
Jamaica, NY 11432

4pm-8pm M/W 8/1, 8/3, 8/8, 8/10, 8/15, 8/17, 8/22, 8/24 Apply Here

Hunts Point Workforce1 Career Center
1029 E 163rd Street, 3rd Flr
Bronx, NY 10459

5pm-9pm T/Th 9/6, 9/8, 9/13, 9/15, 9/20, 9/22, 9/27, 9/29 Apply Here

For more information, please Contact an Account Manager.  

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FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ for Established Neighborhood Businesses

Learn to stay on top of the changing economy!
Is a program specifically designed for long-standing small business entrepreneurs competing in changing neighborhoods and commercial districts. Owners of long-standing small businesses face a unique set of challenges that can have a tremendous impact on the growth of their business venture. This program provides tools and resources to maintain a sustainable business legacy for the neighborhood business entrepreneur and the community they serve through targeted topics:

  • Driving sales
  • Building your team
  • Reexamining the market
  • Commercial lease education and negotiation
  • Create an actionable plan for strategic growth

In this free program you’ll create an actionable plan for strategic growth, receive guidance of an accomplished entrepreneur, business expert and experienced coach, and join a learning community of peer entrepreneurs.

Total course hours: 10 sessions, 30 hours

You are eligible for FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ for Established Neighborhood Businesses if:

  • Your business has been in operation for ten or more years
  • Your business has achieved sales targets and demonstrated market potential
  • You can provide a well thought-out argument for how FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ for the Established Neighborhood Business will benefit your company
  • You have access to a computer to complete assignments
  • You are committed 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

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Manhattan Campus 
26 West 61st Street 
New York, NY 10023 

6pm-9pm T/Th 5/24, 5/26, 5/31, 6/2, 6/7, 6/9, 6/14, 6/16, 6/21, 6/23

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FastTrac® NewVenture™ Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Take the first step toward becoming a successful veteran entrepreneur! 
Our free program for Veterans provides the tools necessary to evaluate skills developed in the military and apply them to a business concept in order to launch a sustainable business. Our FastTrac® NewVenture™ Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, can put you on the path to success by helping you:

  • Complete the major components of a business plan
  • Develop a product/service
  • Conduct market research
  • Identify government contracting opportunities

Total course hours: 10 sessions, 40 hours

You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have served at least one day in the U.S military including the Reserves and National Guard
  • Have a well thought-out idea for a new business
  • Have at least two years of work experience
  • Have access to a computer to complete assignments
  • Have conducted initial market research for your business idea
  • Are committed to attending all sessions (approximately 40 classroom hours) and complete prep work

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

NYC Department of Small Business Services
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038

5pm-9pm

M/W

5/17, 5/19, 5/24, 5/26, 5/31, 6/2, 6/7, 6/9, 6/14, 6/16

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For more information, please Contact an Account Manager. Yo

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FastTrac® NewVenture™ for the Female Entrepreneur

Learn how to launch your business with other female entrepreneurs!
Our free program for female entrepreneurs will take you through the requirements of making your business idea 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 an additional focus on networking, negotiating, and certification, this course will provide the tools to help you launch your business and a network of supportive female entrepreneurs.

Total course hours: 10 sessions, 40 hours

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

  • Are a female prospective entrepreneur with a well thought idea for a new business
  • Have at least two years of work experience
  • Have access to a computer to complete assignments
  • Have conducted initial market research for your business idea
  • Are committed to attending all sessions (approximately 40 classroom hours) and complete prep work

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
NYC Department of Small Business Services
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038

5pm-9pm

M/W

6/6, 6/8, 6/13, 6/15, 6/20, 6/22, 6/27, 6/29, 7/6, 7/11

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St. George Library Center
5 Central Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

4pm-8pm

M/W

9/12, 9/14, 9/19, 9/21, 9/26, 9/28, 10/3, 10/5, 10/12, 10/17

Apply Here

For more information, please Contact an Account Manager.

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FastTrac® TechVenture™

Make your big tech 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.

Total course hours: 10 sessions, 40 hours

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

  • Have a well thought-out tech-based idea for a new business
  • Have at least two years of work experience, and preferably experience working on a tech project or project team
  • Have technical skills related to your tech concept
  • Have access to a computer to complete assignments,
  • Have conducted initial market research on your business idea
  • Are commitment to attending all sessions (approximately 40 classroom hours)

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

Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)
188 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016

9am-1pm

M/W

10/3, 10/5, 10/12, 10/17, 10/19, 10/24, 10/26, 10/31, 11/2, 11/7

Apply Here

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

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Strategic Steps for Growth
A premier executive education program for business owners who want to grow their business.

Strategic Steps for Growth (SS4G) is an eight-month executive business education program designed for Minority-and Woman-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs), as well as media, entertainment and technology firms that want to grow their business.

Since 2010, SS4G has provided firms with an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience through an award-winning curriculum, peer-mentoring sessions, advice from business leaders and experts, and connecting with City and NYU procurement professionals. Throughout the course, each business owner will develop a customized three-year Strategic Growth Action Plan™. This detailed plan is vetted by other participants and business experts, and is based on the current position and future goals of the business.

Benefits of the Strategic Steps for Growth program:

Strategic Growth Action Plan™

Throughout the program, each business owner will create a customized three-year Strategic Growth Action Plan™ - a detailed roadmap for growing your business.

Small Class Size

Small, interactive classes are instructed by an NYU professor with business experience. 13 evening sessions accommodate a business owner's busy schedule.


Alumni Network

Receive support from our network of over 150 graduates, and gain access to alumni mentorship, workshops, and networking events.


Peer Mentoring

Connect with a committed group of peers who have experienced similar business challenges. 7 peer-mentoring sessions provide accountability and support.


Guest Experts

Get advice from experts in fields like finance, marketing, government contracting, and human resources.


Award-Winning Curriculum

Interise's nationally recognized and award-winning curriculum comes with proven results for small business.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must have an ownership stake in their business. To be eligible to apply for either the Minority- and Woman-owned Enterprise (M/WBE) Program or the Media, Entertainment, and Technology Industry program, a business must fit certain criteria:

Minority- and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program:

  • Must be certified by New York City as a Minority or Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) OR submit your application to become M/WBE-certified by the start of the course
  • Must have been operating for at least three years, with revenues of between $500,000 and $10 million during the most recent year (exceptions to this requirement will be reviewed)
  • Must have at least one full-time employee (not including the business owner)

 Media, Entertainment, and Technology Industry Program:

  • Must be in the media, entertainment, or technology industry or an allied industry
  • Must have been operating for at least one year, with revenues of between $150,000 and $10 million during the most recent year (exceptions to this requirement will be reviewed)
  • Must have at least one full-time employee (not including the business owner)
  • Must be headquartered or have a main office within the five boroughs of New York City, or have a significant tie to the City’s business community

This program is presented in collaboration with the City of New York Department of Small Business Services, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business’ W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab, and the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business’ Entertainment, Media and Technology Program. There is a $1,000 tuition fee for the program.

When does the next class start? Classes are schedule to begin in October 2016 and end in Spring 2017. The application is now live. We will begin reviewing application submissions in July 2016. For more information please see our Program FAQs:

Minority- and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program FAQ

Media, Entertainment, and Technology Industry Program FAQ

Questions? Email strategicsteps@sbs.nyc.gov.

Apply for the Minority-and Woman owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program

 Apply for the Media, Entertainment, and Technology Industry Program

 

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CAP/NYCEO M/WBE Mentorship Program

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

In order to help M/WBE-certified businesses grow, SBS is partnering with Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and our thirteen 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 one to three other selected firms and a mentor who is an experienced and successful entrepreneur and member of Entrepreneurs' Organization's NY Chapter
  • Over 28 weeks participants 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 firm that is NYC-certified as a Minority- and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) or is eligible to apply for certification
    • Has been in operation for at least three years
    • Has a record of continual growth for the past two years
    • Ideally, has at least two employees (including owner)
    • Has annual revenues between $150,000 and $800,000
    • Has a business plan, company profile, growth plan or capabilities statement

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

APPLY NOW!  Deadline to apply extended to January 22, 2016!  Our next cohort is scheduled to start February 2016.

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