Small Business Advisor Program
The volunteer Small Business Advisor Program is a 10-week long training program for graduate business students who want to accrue hands-on business experience, become small business consultants and make a difference in the life of San Francisco Bay Area rising entrepreneurs.
Centro created this volunteer program as an essential component of its entrepreneur development model, which benefits greatly both entrepreneurs and advisors. Through this program, MBA students and other graduate business school students have the particularly unique opportunity to truly learn what it takes to start a business and seek funding.
This program is for top-performing students who are passionate about entrepreneurship, finance, consulting, nonprofit and economic development.
Structure & Methodology
Graduate business students turn into Small Business Advisors to local small business entrepreneurs. Centro supports them to advice on startup finance, marketing, strategy, and operations as volunteers by creating measurable social and economic impact in the community. Participants:
Complete a 2.5-hour workshop introducing participants to key coaching and advising skills
Participate in 20 hours of workshops working with entrepreneurs in Centro's Advanced Entrepreneurship Program to help them analyze their business and action plans to improve them.
Work with a small group of 6-10 entrepreneurs and 3-4 MBA students.
Led by a facilitator trained to enrich in class discussion, facilitate ideation, foster critical thinking and empower people to succeed
Optional: Provide follow-up support to entrepreneurs, helping them implement their action plans and improve their business
Gain hands-on experience advising and coaching real entrepreneurs, and helping them improve their business
Collaborate and network with graduate business students, entrepreneurs and experienced professional advisors
Learn how to start and grow a small business
Contribute to the growth of real business enterprises in underserved communities, and help entrepreneurs make high-impact decisions
Current MBA student (or comparable masters degree)
Completion of basic financial and managerial accounting courses
2-4 years of work experience
Experience developing business plans, financial forecasts, and/or marketing strategies
Small business and/or project management experience is a plus
Foreign language is a plus
Able to attend weekly 2.5-hour workshops for the duration of the 10-week program
Upcoming 9-session Small Business Advisor Programs
Spring 2019 intake starts March 7.
Fall 2019 intake starts September 5.
How to Apply
Writing sample (one-page sample of your business writing style and ability)
We have a rolling admissions process and welcome applications anytime for the next available intake.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.