A pilot entrepreneur program will be launched at the Cumberland Business Incubator in Crossville.
The Financial Management for Entrepreneurs Initiative is a program providing entrepreneurs with financial management tools and skills to build new businesses. Roane State Community College, which operates the Cumberland Business Incubator, is one out of just 11 colleges throughout the nation to offer this program.
“We’re the first group that’s going to be testing this curriculum in these classes in a non credit environment,” CBI Director Holly Hanson said. “We’ll be able to offer it, some of it as a series of classes for our entrepreneurs, and some of it as individual stand alone workshops.”
Hanson said a $1,000 National Association for Community College Entrepreneurs grant will provide free software access to enrolled participants. She said the course has over 20 spots open for the fall.
This program was created through a partnership with NACCE and Intuit. Intuit is the creator of TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint. Hanson said participants will leave with a skilled understanding of financial software as they develop their business.
“To have someone that’s developed a curriculum and wrapped into that curriculum, how to learn how to use their software, I just think it’s a great marriage and a great way to approach the curriculum from Intuit’s perspective.”
The Cumberland Business Incubator offers in-person and online training, as well as business coaching for entrepreneurs and small businesses.