Small Business Advisor Program
The volunteer Small Business Advisor Program is a 10-week long training program for top-performing MBA students who want to accrue hands-on business experience and develop their advising and coaching skills, and who are passionate about making a difference in the life of rising entrepreneurs.
Centro created this program as an essential component of its entrepreneur development model, which benefits greatly both entrepreneurs and advisors. Through this program, Small Business Advisors have the unique opportunity to truly learn what it takes to start and grow a business.
Structure & Methodology
Work with a small group of 6-10 entrepreneurs participating in Centro's Advanced Entrepreneurship Program and 3-5 Small Business Advisors.
Participate in 20 hours of weekly workshops, advising and coaching entrepreneurs as they analyze their business, create improvement goals and develop action plans to achieve those goals.
Provide 30-40 hours of support outside of workshops, helping entrepreneurs implement their action plans and improve their business.
Workshops are led by a facilitator trained to enrich in-class discussions, facilitate ideation, foster critical thinking and empower people to succeed.
Gain hands-on experience advising and coaching real entrepreneurs, helping them make high-impact decisions and improve their businesses.
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.
Current MBA student or graduate (or equivalent 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 workshops and provide 5-8 hours of support per week for the duration of the 10-week program
MBA Advisor Program Alumni
Upcoming Small Business Advisor Programs
Fall 2019 English intake starts September 5 (sessions on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9pm)
Fall 2019 Spanish intake starts September 24 (sessions on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30pm)
Fall 2019 English intake starts October 8 (sessions on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30pm)
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Carlo Arellano at firstname.lastname@example.org.