Free six-week business bootcamp for women starts in Mount Clemens – Macomb Daily

A free startup builder bootcamp for women in business detailing the ins-and-outs of running a small business will be held Thursday evening in downtown Mount Clemens.

The Nest Collaborative, the Sister Sprout business development studio and the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority are teaming with Comerica Bank to provide the six-week information session.

Women attending the workshop series will hear useful and practical tips for planning, launching and growing their own business, organizers say.

“We will teach them about running your startup business: budgeting, marketing, developing a business plan — basically everything you need to know about owning a business,” said Pam Schlaff, manager at The Nest Collaborative.

Each session features subject matter experts and group business planning topics such as access to capital, banking products, startup budgeting, business planning and women entrepreneurs, startup marketing, content creation, and social media tips.

Organizers say there is a “tremendous” need for education and startup support for female entrepreneurs in southeast Michigan.

“These free bootcamp workshops aim to give women the tools, confidence, and inspiration they need to launch their own business,” says event organizer and Sister Sprout program director, Dusty Welsh in a statement.

The bootcamp is located next door to The Nest Retail Collaborative at 66 Macomb Place, an innovative business incubator where women retail entrepreneurs participate in a student-run gift shop concept to build, launch and grow their own startup business.

Thirty-five women have various artwork, jewelry, clothing and other items for sale at The Nest, which serves as an example of running a business.

“They can come in here to hatch a business,” Schlaff said. “What better opportunity can we give all the girls in here than a chance to start their own business.”

Organizers say if one were to attend a similar event at a college, the cost would be $75 to $100. They can offer it for free thanks to support from Comerica Bank.

“We have extraordinary women in metro Detroit who are supporting the economic development
of our communities as inspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said Linda Nosegbe, Comerica Bank Vice President and National Community Impact Manager.

“Our goal in partnering with Nest Retail Collaborative and Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority is to foster their growth by providing valuable resources and technical assistance that will help them succeed.”

The series will be held 6-8 pm on Thursdays, Aug. 11, 18, 25, and Oct. 6 and 13. It will be held at the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority, 48 Cherry Street, with free parking.

Admission is free with ticket information and workshop details available on Eventbrite at sister-sprout-comerica-bootcamp-detroit.eventbrite.com.

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