Program Tracks

Actionable Guidance You Need to Transform Your Business!

Program Modules

 

DFF delivers business education using a Learn-Do-Act Model that provides practical, actionable skills for existing business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals who want to start a business. These courses walk participants through the key business concepts that are critical to starting and growing a business that is fundable through traditional lending and equity sources.

Diversity Financial Fund utilizes licensed programs. The programs include:

 

Business Literacy 101: Understand the Language of Business℠

The language we use contributes to our credibility. It also increases our confidence when we understand what others are talking about. Business owners need to know the key terminology of business. This course provides you with a foundational understanding of key business terms and why they matter.

Into Business

What are the options for going into business? What type of business do you want? There are so many questions! This course guides participants through the options for going into business.

Make the Transition: The Mindset of a Business Owner

The transition from employee or contractor to business owner requires a shift in mindset. You need to understand the practical difference between working in, working on, and owning a business. Think like an owner!

Into Business Step-by-Step℠

This course focuses participants on making the key decisions on business formation. Participants are guided through legal and tax entity selection, naming the business, and more.

You have an idea. Is it a business? How do you find out? What will it take to build a business? Where do you start? What does it mean to be a business owner? DFF’s Business Programs enable participants to go from idea and a desire to own a business to starting a successful business.

Our program leaders walk participants through the steps to:

  • Build business literacy:
    • How does the business work?
    • What are the crucial concepts that business owners need to know?
  • Make the Transition: Shift from an employee mindset to business owner perspective;
  • Define the Business: go from concept to develop a business model.

Once you have defined your business, it is time to:

  • Setup the legal, financial, and operational structures;
  • Develop your marketing strategy;
    • capital – how much money do you need? when?
    • other items like equipment, tools, websites, offices, etc.
    • identify the needed resources:
      • people – employees, contractors, vendors, advisors, and more;
    • Recruit your team:
      • employees,
      • contractors,
      • vendors, and
      • others.

You’ve defined your business and who you serve. You set up the business. Now you have to get your first customer, and the next one, and the one after that. 

You also have to deliver the products and services. From the start, you need to be sure your business can deliver on the promises made. How? By ensuring your business has people, systems, and processes in place to execute.

The design of your business operations focuses on the customer and delivers results. Scalability is a crucial element. To succeed and generate a profit, you need to be focused!

Program Tracks

For-Profit:

  • New Business – First-time Business Owners
  • New Business – Previous Business Ownership Experience
  • Existing Businesses – Growing
  • Existing Businesses – Struggling
  • Existing Businesses – Static, Unable to Grow

For-Profit:

  • New Business – First-time Business Owners
  • New Business – Previous Business Ownership Experience
  • Existing Businesses – Growing
  • Existing Businesses – Struggling
  • Existing Businesses – Static, Unable to Grow