Available Classes

Women's Business Center of Ohio

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series

Thursday, May 04 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Price: $150.00

Sometimes even well-equipped entrepreneurs can find themselves in a rut, or just hungry for more information on small business success and growth. The Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series is designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to enhance their business idea or expand an existing small enterprise into a viable and profitable business. Clients taking this course will focus on four critical developmental areas; business concept, organization, customer relations, and operations using the GrowthWheel® concept, an interactive tool that helps entrepreneurs develop their business through an action-oriented process. Clients will also complete homework assignments that will assist them in developing a business plan and 30/60/90-day action plan. 


 Module 1: Business Concept
Thursday May 4th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Thursday May 11th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Thursday May 18th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Thursday May 25th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The Parma Branch Library at 6996 Powers Blvd, 44129.

Full series is required for start-up phase prospective ECDI lending clients. Clients are encouraged to attend an Info Session and Entrepreneurial Readiness beforehand. Registration closes 2 business days before the class or when the class is fully booked; series fills up quickly. Classes are subject to cancellation. Please arrive at The Library approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class.  For special considerations, call Lauren Smith at (216) 912-5665.

Please be advised that an additional $25.00 may be required for materials if you have a business partner who will also attend. 



Akron: **AKRON** Business Model Canvas

Wednesday, May 10 5:30PM

Before digging into the daunting business plan, come learn about the Business Model Canvas, a visual tool for developing a business strategy. This interactive process can help break down the business startup, or, growth idea into smart, bite-sized pieces. Leave the workshop with clarity for moving your ideas and growth strategies forward and a draft of the work in your hands.


Akron: Leveraging Capital to Grow Your Business: Panel

Wednesday, Jun 21 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions.
​Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success.


Akron: **AKRON** How to Brand Your Business

Wednesday, Jul 19 5:30 P



Akron: Financial Management

Wednesday, Aug 23 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Financial Management - understanding this critical practice

After completing this module, the participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the essentials of financial management.
  • Apply financial management practices, rules, and tools most relevant for small businesses.
  • Prepare for common business financing needs: start-up finance, working capital, and fixed asset loans.

Akron: **Akron** Social Media & Guerilla Marketing

Wednesday, Sep 20 5:30 P

Social media should be Phase 1 for marketing a start-up business. It is the most affordable method, and can be the most powerful, far-reaching, and influential method for reaching your customers before, during, and after start-up. Learn what social media platforms are available, how to choose one, and how to apply aggressive, grassroots marketing techniques to launch or grow your business.


Akron: **Akron** The Winning Pitch

Wednesday, Oct 18 5:30 P

Using a tried-and-true pitching tool, clients will learn how to construct a winning business pitch, how to use it, and how to adjust it for different scenarios. Clients will leave the class with a draft business pitch for seeking financing, pitching to buyers, or selling directly to the customer.