The Program

Inclusive Entrepreneurial Support

Empower by GoDaddy in partnership with Jane Boyd, is a high impact program for local entrepreneurs. The program is a 12-week commitment that allows participants access to customized workshops, trained coaching staff, industry experts and wide range of resources.


In addition to the 12-week program, held primarily at Jane Boyd Community house, participants receive exclusive benefits for all active graduates such as:


· Access to capital that is only available to Empower graduates

· Empower Networking Events

· Lifetime business coaching from Jane Boyd staff and other partners

· Priority to all sponsored events


Accelerate

What if you had a business coach that could walk you though the next steps of your business? Help you vet a new marketing idea? Point you in the right direction for resources?


Would that help speed up your success? Yes, it would!


We have trained coaches with several years or management and business development experience. They have taken the bumps so you don’t have to. Once you have been accepted into Empower you will have access to coaches as long as you are an active alumni of the program and can continue to:


· Volunteer your time with Jane Boyd programs

· Participate in showcases or other Empower events

· Mentor recent graduates


Building relationships is embedded into the core of the program. We invite local experts to facilitate or attend classes. This means our relationships become your relationships. Check out the community partners and team page to learn more about these guests.


We live by the mantra…

Know people, before you need people.


Facilitate

Many factors can negatively affect your business before it gets a chance to take off. One of the major opportunities is obscurity. If potential customers don’t know you or can’t find you, how can they do business with you?


Setting up a Facebook or hanging flyers at the laundromat won’t cut it anymore. If you don’t know how to get noticed, your business will suffer. Our program teaches you the secret to tackling this problem head on.


Online presence

The industry experts at GoDaddy focus on boosting the skills and knowledge of entrepreneurs through customized training, GoDaddy mentors and coaches to help entrepreneurs gain critical business skills.

GoDaddy coaches teach topics ranging from branding to building a website, search engine optimization and social media.

 

Community Events

Networking with community members invested in small business and other entrepreneurs is crucial on the entrepreneurial journey. Through Empower by GoDaddy in partnership with Jane Boyd, participants will engage in a variety of community events from networking events, graduations and local community events.


Empower

The hardest part is getting started. The program helps you break down your action steps into small manageable pieces. Our coaches provide feedback on how to help you and your business to be successful.

While we are here to help, you are the driving force behind your future. We will offer as much or as little direct advice as you ask for. The more you put into the program, the more you will get out.


Get Started

What We Offer

 · On staff business coaches

· Website development

· Business development assistance

· Access to an entrepreneurial community 

· Opportunity for Investment

· Improved odds for loan approval with partner programs

· Opportunities for marketing your business at no cost to you

· Transportation for entrepreneurs can be arranged on a case by case basis

· Childcare from certified staff with dinner and homework support 

· Discounts on select rooms at Jane Boyd Community House


The Three Pillar Model

I. Education – An entrepreneur must understand the principles of business in order to maximize success and minimize the chance for loss. Empower will address the basics needs to start, grow and operate a small business. 


II. Social Capital – Much of an entrepreneur’s success comes from the people they know. Empower will help to build the skills to grow and maintain social relationships.  With the goal of helping our classes with gaining social capital we must address these components:


Connect with people – there is a difference between knowing of a person and knowing a person. We need to teach our class members how to get to know people leveraging the FORM method:


  • Family 
  • Occupation 
  • Recreation
  • Motivation


Using technology to build a network - with the creation of social media like LinkedIn, Meetup and Facebook’s events- we have a major opportunity to connect with people in a way that is genuine. We will teach our people the value of “knowing people before you NEED people.”


III. Support/Mentorship – While a basic knowledge and who you know are vastly important for an entrepreneur, it is impossible to know everything. A mentor and emotional support, in hard times, are essential to the success of all entrepreneurs. Empower will connect people with people, to help foster an environment of mentorship. In order to be a successful business owner, you need people that will challenge your ideas. Using the 2nd pillar our graduates should be able to meet a great deal of new people that are successful, but will need support with:  

  • Finding the right people – just because a person is knowledgeable doesn’t mean they will be a great mentor. We must strive to teach our people how to find a great mentor for their stage of life and business. It’s important to remember that just because someone is your mentor today doesn’t mean they will be your mentor forever. 
  • Building a personal board – the program will help address the need to have more than one person that you go to when seeking advice. During the education process we will help our people understand the value of finding people that do not think like them. 
  • Driving the relationship - often times we have people in our lives that would be happy to mentor us but we don’t reach out because we don’t want to be a bother. During the program we will address these concerns and teach people how to drive the relationship. 

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