Ohio River Valley Business Development Program Application
The mission of the Ohio River Valley Business Development Program (ORVBDP) is to create an environment where experienced owners are challenged to explore new leadership concepts and opportunities that will create sustainable companies that benefit the community through economic growth and job creation.
Ohio River Valley’s Business Development Program (ORVBDP) is a comprehensive 7-month business development program designed for women business owners who want to build sustainable and scalable companies. At the core of this Program is a community of peers; classmates support and encourage one another to pursue business growth. The course is guided by certified program directors, course facilitators, and subject matter experts. The highly selective program is limited to 10 participants per class. Applicants must have a minimum of two (2) years in business or comparable business experience and at least $500,000 in annual gross revenue.
Each applicant must commit to attend monthly sessions, submit a written rationale for why the company should be accepted into the Program, participate in a formal interview process, and have the willingness to be an active member of the Program. Corporations expects its participants to attend a once a month full day session, communicate with a business coach for up to two (2) hours of one-on-one coaching per month, and actively participate in group dialogue in each session.
Upon acceptance, submit payment of $1,850* which will cover the following:
Kauffman FastTrac® Growth Venture materials and supplies.
Two hours of one-on-one coaching per month for six (6) months.
*Note: A second person from the same company may attend at the reduced rate of $1,350. This program value at $4,200.00.
Objectives of the ORVBDP Program
The key objectives of the program are…
To enhance the skills business owners need to manage and grow sustainable businesses.
To increase the number of minority-owned and women-owned mid-sized firms.
To foster an environment focused on growing the number of minority-owned and women-owned businesses that have more than one employee.
ORVBDP Program Topics
Listening to Your Business.
Leading the Organization & Sizing Up Your Business.
Strengthening Products & Services & Managing Operations for Growth.
Exploring Growth Opportunities & Leveraging Your Certification.
Using Financial Tools & Seizing the Market.
Charting Financial Performance & Making Strategic Decisions.
Making it Happen.
Personal & Professional
Participate in thought-provoking leadership training activities.
Gain a broader perspective of business issues and the economic impact.
Participate in interactive problem solving sessions designed to strengthen business strategies.
Expand professional networks and enhance personal relationships.
Receive recognition and graduate with knowledge necessary to make substantial contributions to the quality of life across our region.
Leave with a plan and strategies for leveraging your WBE certification.
Program Dates For ORVBDP Program 2020-2021
Third Friday of October, 2020
Session 1: Orientation & Listening to Your Business
First and Third Friday of November, 2020
Session 2: Leading the Organization & Sizing Up Your Business
First and Third Friday of December, 2020
Session 3: Strengthening Your Product or Service & Managing Operations for Growth
First and Third Friday of January, 2021
Session 4: Exploring Growth Opportunities & Seizing the Market
Second and Third Friday of February, 2021
Session 5: Using Financial Tools & Leveraging Your Certification
First and Third Friday of March, 2021
Session 6: Charting Financial Performance & Making Strategic Decisions
First and Third Friday of April, 2021
Session 7: Making It Happen
Women’s Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley (WBEC ORV) in partnership with L Brands and Fifth Third Bank is pleased to invite you to submit your application.
The confidential application must be completed in its entirety and returned with a copy of your business financial statement or tax return. Your application must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2020. Once all applications are received, we will contact you to participate in a formal interview process for acceptance into the Program.
Participants are expected to attend all training sessions including one-on-one coaching. WBEC ORV reserves the right to change the Program curriculum and scheduled dates as necessary. Please review the list of training dates to make certain that we can expect your full participation should you be selected. Please see process timeline below:
Interview Process - Early September
Notification to Selected Participants - Late September / Early October
Down Payment of $350 will be due by orientation on Friday, October 16, 2020
Graduation will be held at the Catch the Wave Regional Conference on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
If you have questions, please contact Angie Fairbanks via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This application must be returned to WBEC ORV no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2020. To be considered for this Program, this application must be completed in its entirety.