The hallmark of CADCB’s approach is the Start Your Business program. Start Your Business classes are offered twice-yearly in the areas of Business Basics, Marketing, Small Business Finance, and Sales and Professionalism. Participants receive comprehensive training from experts in the local business community, and have the opportunity to network and receive support from a community of prospective entrepreneurs. Since its inception, over 175 businesses have been started or sustained through the Start Your Business program, creating over 260 jobs.
In addition to the Start Your Business class, CADCB offers one-on-one technical assistance to existing and prospective entrepreneurs at any stage of the business development process. Individuals in the exploratory stage receive guidance on what it takes to start a business, while those actively planning a future enterprise are guided through each stage of the planning process. Services available for existing businesses include start up support and operations consulting, designed to assist small business owners with streamlining management processes, pursuing opportunities for growth, and increasing sales. Fifty-six businesses have opened as a result of CADCB’s technical assistance program, and an additional 25 existing businesses have received services to sustain or expand their operations.
Finally, CADCB offers personalized marketing assistance to small businesses in the planning or start-up stage, as well as existing businesses seeking to improve their marketing strategies. Services include brand identity development, market research and analysis, marketing strategy development, and marketing channel development, including but not limited to websites, digital marketing, and print materials.