Small Business Advisor Program
The Small Business Advisor Program is a 14-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:
Gain experiential instruction on subject areas that are not covered in most business school curricula, including management consulting training, small business planning and finance, loan underwriting, professional development coaching, critical thinking, and communication skills tactics.
Provide 80 to 100 hours of one-on-one business advisory support
Each Small Business Advisor is paired with an entrepreneur taking part of Centro's Advanced Entrepreneurship Program. Together, they create a robust and fundable business plan with financial projections, a credit plan, and a professional development plan. View the roadmap they complete together to accomplish this goal.
Gain hands-on experience developing a business plan, financial model and an investor presentation
Collaborate and network with graduate business students, entrepreneurs and experienced professional advisors
Hone business advisory and coaching skills
Learn to start a small business
Contribute to the growth of real business enterprises in underserved communities
Learn about domestic micro-finance
Learn about professional consulting and how to assist in making 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
Foreign language is a plus
Able to commit to 5 – 10 hours per week for the duration of the 14-week program
How to Apply
If you are interested in joining the Small Business Advisor Program and becoming a volunteer advisor to a Centro entrepreneur, please apply online to join our Spring or Fall intake, and follow up with an email to email@example.com attaching your:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.