Building Communities One Business at a Time
The Aspiring Community Entrepreneurs Program seeks to help disadvantaged Metro Atlanta residents improve their lives by launching and growing their own businesses. ACE is a partnership between the Kennesaw State University Michael J. Coles College of Business and MUST Ministries, who have joined forces to provide entrepreneurs with the skills and resources to improve their financial conditions.
ACE is part of the Urban Poverty and Business Initiative, a network of universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to facilitating business growth among America’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods. UPBI was created by Dr. Mike Morris at the University of Notre Dame.Apply Today
How ACE Works
The ACE program is more than an entrepreneurship workshop. Through ongoing guidance and support from subject matter experts and members of the business community, participants not only launch new ventures, but they also learn to make them thrive.
The ACE program consists of three primary components:
A six-week bootcamp that introduces essential business tools and features monthly training forums on specialty topics.
Seasoned local business professionals provide guidance, advice, and serve as a sounding board to the emerging entrepreneurs.
3) One-on-One Consulting
Work with Kennesaw State University students to build websites, bookkeeping systems, marketing materials, social media campaigns, and more
The tuition for the program is $600. Accepted applicants may receive a scholarship of $575. Applicants pay the remaining $25 prior to the start of the bootcamp.
Scheduled dates for the six-week bootcamp:
- September 23, 2023
- September 30, 2023
- October 7, 2023
- October 14, 2023
- October 21, 2023
- October 28, 2023
Sessions run from 8am to 1pm. Brunch is provided.
The bootcamps will either be held at the KSU Marietta Campus (Near Cobb Parkway and South Marietta Loop) or the KSU Kennesaw Campus (Near I-75 and Chastain Road). A final schedule of bootcamp locations as well as detailed directions will be provided prior to the first class session.
Please fill the application below and enroll in the Aspiring Community Entrepreneurs Program.