Six-week USDA Entrepreneurship Bootcamp by TROY SBDC will launch in three Alabama cities in February

Rikelmer, left, and AnthonyTzanahua present their business concept during a prior USDA-sponsored SBDC program for entrepreneurs.

Rikelmer, left, and AnthonyTzanahua present their business concept during a prior USDA-sponsored SBDC program for entrepreneurs.

In a landmark initiative funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Troy University is setting a new standard in entrepreneurial education with the launch of its Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.

Inspired by Notre Dame University’s model, the program is making history as the largest of kind in the United States, being run simultaneously in three cities by a single organization, said Juliana Bolivar, director of the Small Business Development Center at TROY.

Felecia Blackmon pitches her business, The Rollin' Trapp Food Trucks during competition at the first USDA-sponsored SBDC Rural Outreach Food Venture Program. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)
Felecia Blackmon pitches her business, The Rollin’ Trapp Food Trucks during competition at the first USDA-sponsored SBDC Rural Outreach Food Venture Program. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)

“Troy University is excited to offer a program that’s so much more than just business education,” Bolivar said. “We’re providing a holistic ecosystem that supports aspiring entrepreneurs at every step of their journey, from childcare and nutrition to networking, mentorship, and expert consulting.”

The six-week bootcamp will be in Phenix City, Daleville and Troy beginning in February. It is designed to introduce the essential tools, concepts, and principles vital to launching and scaling a successful venture, especial for those with limited resources or background. Topics range from “ideation” to financial literacy to strategic planning and customer engagement.

“This program is perfect for aspiring entrepreneurs eager to get on the same page and pave their way to success,” Bolivar said.

Kay Grenon, of Troy, participates in the First Food Expo at the IDEA Bank as part of the USDA-funded Rural Outreach Food Venture Program. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)
Kay Grenon, of Troy, participates in the First Food Expo at the IDEA Bank as part of the USDA-funded Rural Outreach Food Venture Program. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)

One of the unique aspects of the program will be that on-site childcare and meals will be provided to participants. The program culminates with a significant networking event at Troy University, where entrepreneurs from the three cities can establish vital business connections and explore collaborative ventures.

Following the Bootcamp, participants will benefit from ongoing mentorship and business consultation by SBDC consultants, ensuring continuous support and guidance as they embark on their entrepreneurial journeys.

“We invite individuals from Phenix City, Daleville, and Troy to be a part of this unique program. The Bootcamp is not just an opportunity to learn but a platform to grow, network and lay a strong foundation for future business endeavors,” Bolivar said.

The fee to register for the program is $25 after the application of a $475 scholarship and space is limited. For more information and to register visit https://forms.office.com/r/NF5faq8BPf online.

Destiny Rowell, center left, is honing her Grit and Grind Coffee plans for the coffee shop in Opp. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)
Destiny Rowell, center left, is honing her Grit and Grind Coffee plans for the coffee shop in Opp. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)
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