Starting a small business is always a challenging task, but doing so during the pandemic makes it especially difficult. Artists, crafters, and makers have spent the last year implementing new ways to create, grow, and sustain their small businesses. And fortunately the Bay Area nonprofit, Centro Community Partners (Centro) was there to help.
With funding support from the team at Citigroup, Centro and The Crucible launched our first virtual partner program in 2020, inviting members of the Crucible community to participate in entrepreneurship training. Since 2019, we’ve been lucky to work with them to hold a handful of courses, modified to support the specific needs of artisans and craftspeople.
Centro impacts the community in a variety of ways. We primarily focus on underserved communities so we work with entrepreneurs, mostly minorities and women, and we provide them with the tools to become exceptional business leaders.
– Arturo Noriega
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
In the most recent nine-week course, six participants learned skills for building their business plans, organizing finances, finding opportunities for capital, and much more. At the end of the program, each participant presented their next steps for their businesses and received a certificate of completion from instructor Vanita Lee-Tatum.
“I feel like whenever I talked about my business idea I was like, ‘Oh maybe one day,’ but this program has helped it feel more real and concrete,” shared Leah Ingram during their final presentation. “It’s been awesome to have this community, and to learn about everyone’s ideas, and be validated in the ideas that I have.“
Below, you can find more details about each of our most recent Centro graduates. Get to know more about their businesses and journeys through the training program. You can also sign up for Centro’s upcoming Basic Entrepreneurship Online Program for Crafters and Artisans and take your small business to the next level.