What are the requirements to participate?
The program is open to business owners or others at the c-suite level whose companies have employees and who been generating revenue for more than two years. The ideal participant will be looking to grow or expand in the next 1 – 3 years. Preference will be given to City of Alexandria businesses, but all are welcome to apply.
What is the deadline to apply?
The Spring 2018 cohort is currently in session. Deadlines for future cohorts will be announced in the coming months.
How much does the program cost?
The program fee is $250 for an individual participant or $350 for two participants from the same company. If you attend all six sessions and complete the program, the Alexandria SBDC will refund $125 of that fee.
How will participants be selected?
Alexandria SBDC staff will review applications and select a group of participants based on their responses. Our goal is to create a group that will be successful individually and that will support one another.
What should I expect from each session?
For each session, participants should plan to devote 3 – 5 hours for preparation, participation, and follow-up. Each session will require pre-work. During each meeting, participants will take part in a variety of activities, from guided individual reflection to peer coaching to discussions with experienced business leaders. Participants will have homework to complete after the session.
Can I bring someone else from my company to participate?
Yes. Business owners or other c-suite executives can participate in the program with a partner. We ask that the same two people from the company participate throughout the program. Both participants will need to commit to attending all six sessions and will need to complete the program in order to be eligible for the fee refund.
When and where will sessions be held?
Sessions will take place on weekday evenings as determined by availability of participants. The dates for sessions will be finalized once the cohort has been selected, but we are tentatively planning for two session in April, two in May, and two in June. Sessions will take place at the Alexandria SBDC office unless otherwise announced.