The Edge Connection has a 17 year history of leveraging micro and small business development as an effective economic development strategy for both the individuals we serve and the communities in which they live. We are committed to delivering high quality education, resources, and support services to meet the immediate and long-term demands of our emerging business clients. To ensure that we are meeting the broad scope of needs related to sustainable business development, we offer a comprehensive group of programs that work in cooperation to address elemental and progressive fundamentals, from conception through growth and expansion.
Core Business Development Program
The Edge Connection’s core program consists of the Explore, Start, Grow, Advance Comprehensive Business Plan Development Course, workshops, seminars, networking, special events, and expertise in high-demand areas. Additionally, clients have use of database resources such as ReferenceUSA and IBIS World. These powerful tools provide market, consumer, and competitor information.
Women’s Business Center
The Edge Connection Women’s Business Center is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of women. Whether it is through free one-on-one consultations, mentoring, special events, or educational programming, entrepreneurs can find essential knowledge, support, and empowerment from The Edge Connection Women’s Business Center.
Financial Education Program
Healthy finances are at the heart of any thriving and successful business. Clients in The Edge Connection’s Financial Education Program can not only build strong business credit and finances, but work with participants to build personal credit, savings and budgeting. These key skills are health indicators for any business and prepare participant to access capital in the most competitive way possible.
VET: Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Training
The Edge Connection is committed to giving back to those who serve our country by providing veterans and active military with the knowledge and skills to become independent business owners. Veterans returning to civilian life face the daunting task of re-acclimating themselves to a vastly different environment. They often face an enormous adjustment in the civilian workplace. Traditional employment is not always an option. Entrepreneurship allows a veteran the ability to maintain a sense of power and to use his/her innate strengths, talents, and interests to become a financially independent business owner.