Education an micro-lending organization Bad Girl Ventures (BGV) is now accepting applications through Sept. 1 for the BGV Cleveland Fall 2013 class. In addition to being considered for a $25,000 low-interest business loan, selected applicants will gain invaluable business knowledge and connections during the nine-week course.
BGV will select 10 female entrepreneurs to participate as finalists in its nine-week business class every spring and fall. During the program, selected applicants obtain instruction from successful entrepreneurs, network with other local business owners, learn how to run a business, and develop a business plan. The entrepreneurs learn the tools which to successfully manage and launch their own business.
Those interested in learning more about BGV Cleveland’s upcoming course can attend a free informational session on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Akron, Lakewood Campus. Former participants will be on hand to discuss the program and how it benefited them and their businesses. Click here to register for the event.
“Past participants say networking is one of the most valuable takeaways from the course,” said Réka Barabás, director, Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland. “In addition to education and possibly funding, our participants walk away with a business plan and 50 to 100-plus connections. This helps prepare them for growth whether they’re awarded the loan or not.”
BGV was chosen as this year’s recipient for the prestigious Outstanding Non-Profit Organization award from The SCORE Foundation, a national organization that mentors U.S. small businesses. The organization has also announced a partnership with Kiva, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform for social good.