Our Equity in Entrepreneurship program kicked off this week for our amazing first cohort of early stage entrepreneurs with the Florida Small Business Development Center‘s immersive Idea Camp, setting the stage for the next 16 weeks of in-depth start- up training.
In partnership with the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, a national education program, the FSBDC at Hillsborough County created the Small Business Idea Camp. The program introduces the attendees to the entrepreneurial mindset. While attending this four week, 16 hour class, the attendees are exposed to thoughts ideas and theory that help them understand and implement an entrepreneurial mindset…how to think like an entrepreneur. Instructor lead and video assisted these students generally complete this course and then take the six week business plan workshop to complete the business plan for the business idea they have developed in the Small Business Idea Camp. This program supports pre-ventures through a richer feasibility study. Classes are generally limited to 12 persons and the retention rate is 90%.The program is offered three times a year and focuses on reaching out to disadvantaged individuals and communities. So it’s the perfect on ramp to our Start Up Studio, lead by Josh Ray of Grow to Greatness Ventures.
The Idea Camp is led by Carol Minor, the Manager of Entrepreneur Services with Hillsborough County’s Economic Development Department and the Center Director of the Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County. Ms. Minor brings a wealth of experience and expertise as a mentor and educator, to the Equity in Entrepreneurship program. In her present role, Ms. Minor manages a team of five Professional Business Consultants to deliver business management consulting and training to existing and start-up businesses throughout Hillsborough County. A specialist in finance, she helps businesses with finance and cash flow management as well as to gain access to needed capital by helping them to identify the best financing option.
Prior to joining Hillsborough County’s Economic Development Department in March 2014, Ms. Minor founded and operated a management consulting and training firm established in 1997 in Philadelphia, PA and relocating to Tampa Florida in 2010.
Previously a bank executive, Carol has 25+ years in the financial services industry with nearly 20 years in small business, church and non-profit lending. Ms. Minor is an adjunct professor with Hillsborough Community College and has taught entrepreneurship at Saint Leo University in Florida and several other colleges in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Carol holds a Master of Business Administration degree as well as several certifications including being certified as an Economic Development Financial Professional, Business Consultant, Curriculum Designer, FranFit and an Accreditation as a Business Planning Advisor helping individuals planning a business exit strategy or purchase or sell a business.
Ms. Minor is passionate about helping businesses grow and succeed and is a thought leader in the business development and support industry.
We’re grateful to Ms. Minor for sharing her time, expertise and passion and including the Idea Camp in the Equity in Entrepreneurship program to give our amazing early stage entrepreneurs the foundations for success in the rest of the program. Students completing the Idea Camp will bank $500 in their seed funding accounts, with more earned throughout the rest of the program.