Entrepreneur Readiness Program

Centro’s 14-week Entrepreneur Readiness Program is designed for small business entrepreneurs who are ready to launch or grow their businesses. Currently, the program is aimed at low-income women, minorities, veterans and other underserved entrepreneurs who are based in the San Francisco Bay Area (California).

Structure & Methodology

  • 36 hours of in-class training on advanced business competencies, credit health and professional development
  • 80 to 100 hours of one-on-one business advisory support
  • Two opportunities to join each year: Spring and Fall intake

Each entrepreneur is paired with a business student trained through Centro's MBA Advisor Program. Together, they create a robust and fundable business plan with financial projections, a credit improvement plan, and a professional development plan. View the roadmap they complete together to accomplish this goal.  


  • Gain advanced knowledge of business concepts and analysis techniques
  • Create a robust business plan
  • Learn about professional and leadership development
  • Receive close, tailored and professional business advice from an MBA Advisor and a Centro team member
  • Improve your credit score and gain tools to manage personal and business credit
  • Work in a small group with other entrepreneurs and MBA Advisors
  • Broaden professional network


All applications are carefully reviewed and considered prior to our interview process. We seek participants who:

  • Have completed a basic entrepreneurship education program (eg: La CocinaOperation HOPERenaissance Entrepreneurship CenterThe Latina Center, etc.) or similar training
  • Can show initial sales of their product or service, or have a working prototype
  • Display a genuine dedication to starting or growing a business
  • Are able to truthfully commit to 10+ hours of Centro-related work every week for 14 weeks
  • Can attend weekly classes in Oakland, CA
  • Seek profit and provide social benefit to their community

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining the Entrepreneur Readiness Program, please apply online. 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 to ERP@centrocommunity.org.

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Testimonials from Former Participants

Centro asks the hard questions about your business. They also help you find the answers.
— Madelyn Mackie from Madelyn Mackie & Associates
I love what I do, but it is also a great thing for my kids. It is really important for me to be able to show them that if you have a dream or something that you really care about, you should pursue it, and you can make it happen. Thank you Centro!
— Sean Walker-Smith from Tart! Bakery
I learned so much and now I understand how to grow my business.I feel confident on the path I am following, my advisor Anton Kravchenko was incredibly talented and helped me so much with all the logistics. Great organization, great people.
— Adriana A. Lahl from Sal de Vida Gourmet