Business Academy for Starting Entrepreneurs (BASE)

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Maria Tsatcheva, participant in BASE Mirkovo

Business Academy for Starting Entrepreneurs (BASE) is а training program designed to enable small business owners and budding entrepreneurs from under-served communities to obtain financial success by starting and operating successful businesses that provide jobs and improve communities. It is a thirteen-week training program and is taught by accomplished business owners and corporate executives who serve as mentors. The deliverable is a business plan developed by each participant.

The program was first piloted with an ABF grant to the Trust for Social Achievement (TSA) in 2015-2017 and then restarted by ABF in early 2018 in partnership with Industrial Cluster Srednogorie and the National Association for Small and Medium Business. 

To date, 5 cohorts with a total of 206 participant in 6 towns have gone through the program.  58 businesses or jobs have been created and expanded. A larger rollout is planned for 2020.

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