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RISE Business Academy

About the Program

RISE Business Academy

About the Program


The RISE Business Academy is a 12-week program focused on developing a prosperous business in the community for those having lived experience with in the criminal justice system or their family members. Through support and community services, the RISE Business Academy aims to create and promote self-sufficiency, independence, and economic growth through entrepreneurship.

Meeting once per week, participants develop a structured business plan while completing coursework tailored around entrepreneurial mindsets, marketing and sales methods, accounting, taxes, how to finance one's business and how to protect it.

Upon the completion of coursework and business plan development, program participants must pitch their business to a panel of judges made up of community leaders, local business experts, and entrepreneurs. The top placing winners of the RISE Business Academy Pitch Competition have the chance at receiving cash prizes to be put forth towards the start and development of their businesses.

Questions or want to apply for the next cohort?

Email Dr. TJ Dickson, Director of RISE Business Academy

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If you are interested in applying for the RISE Business Academy, tell us a little bit about yourself! TJ will connect with you prior to sending you an application.

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