The City of Milwaukee’s Business Capacity Building Program is designed to mentor and promote existing small businesses that are certified with the City of Milwaukee and are actively engaged on the North End Project. The program is designed to ensure full opportunity for participation by emerging firms on future public works and private sector development projects. The goals of the program are to prepare small businesses for sustainable growth that is measured by increased business revenue, new employment opportunities and job creation.
The program is a yearlong engagement (June 2012 to May 2013) that guides participants through an in-depth business assessment that results in a personalized plan for business growth. One-on-one coaching, networking and training sessions are in place to support participants in achieving the goals they set for their business.
Participants are expected to be fully engaged in the program curriculum to receive full benefit.
- Monthly one-on-one coaching sessions to focus on the achievement of business goals and milestones.
- Monthly business progression sessions to provide participants with the framework to progress on their business timeline and an outline to support each other in successfully completing the program.
- Quarterly workshop series that focuses on the personal development of the business owner as well as specific development areas as identified by the initial business assessment.
- Quarterly business-to-business networking events provide access and opportunities for the exchange of information, ideas and support.
Upon successful completion of the program, firms will be equipped to move forward with a workable plan for their business that includes: tactics to leverage and market their business, tools to financially manage business growth and a new mindset on leading, managing and developing talent. Participants will also qualify for a grant to further support their business in the implementation of the goals set throughout the program.