The Entrepreneur Bootcamp and Certification Program presented by the National Entrepreneurs Association and Comerica Bank is a 9 week course that will help you understand entrepreneurship from A to Z, avoid common pitfalls, accelerate your growth and achieve your business goals faster than you thought possible. Here's what you will take away from this training:

  • Understand entrepreneurship on a macro & micro level

  • Overcome mental barriers preventing your breakthrough

  • Develop greater confidence and leaderships skills

  • Understand and manage financial records and cash flow

  • Identify new funding sources and opportunities

  • Learn proven marketing strategies to obtain qualified clients

  • Connect with a community of success minded professionals

  • Become an NEA Certified Entrepreneur

Presented by National Entrepreneurs Association and Comerica Bank

These industry leaders have teamed up to bring you an exciting new entrepreneur training program like no other. Modules are taught by experienced entrepreneurs, college professors and banking professionals with real world experience. The National Entrepreneurs Association is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that helps individuals build 6 and 7 figure businesses through quality networking events and training programs. Comerica Bank, one of the largest financial services companies in the U.S., focuses on relationships and helping people and businesses be successful. 



Our certification serves as assurance to those you do business with, that you are proficient in your knowledge of entrepreneurship. It demonstrates that you've been vetted and that you've taken the time to learn all aspects of running a business, not just your niche. Graduates of the program will receive an official certificate and seal from the National Entrepreneurs Association and will be listed on our website as a "Certified Entrepreneur." Apply now and get the edge you need to pursue your dreams and beat the odds. Here are a few more highlights of what certification can do for you.

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  • Arms you with the skills you need to feel confident about running your business.

  • Helps to establish trust with prospects who are not familiar with your work.

  • Gives your clients confidence they are working with a knowledgeable professional.

  • Can help bankers to feel more secure when making lending decisions.

  • Demonstrates to investors that you understand entrepreneurship.

  • This training is open to the public.

  • You must be an entrepreneur to participate.

  • All participants must complete an application.

  • You must be able to attend all 9 sessions.

  • A limit of 40 students will be admitted.

  • Your business must be based in the United States.

Training sessions will be held on Mondays from 6pm to 8pm Eastern Time.

Starts September 27, 2021 at 6pm Eastern with a free 1 hour orientation. 

All sessions will be held on Mondays from 6pm - 8pm Eastern.

*Thanks to the support of our sponsors this training is free however there

is a $100 administration fee to be invoiced upon acceptance.

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ZaLonya Allen, PhD

Entrepreneur and 

Psychology Professor

Dr. ZaLonya Allen is President and CEO of the National Entrepreneurs Association. She has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years. As a Leadership Speaker and Trainer she has delivered talks for organizations throughout the country and coaches professionals in a variety of industries. Dr. Allen has been the recipient of numerous awards. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology  a M.A. in Industrial Relations  and a Doctorate degree in Psychology. 

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Nick Mattar, MBA

Associate Director of Marketing Mike Ilitch School of Business


Nick Mattar is active in Michigan's digital marketing community, wearing many hats and constantly working to stay on top of new trends. He teaches digital marketing at the Wayne State Ilitch School of Business and is the director of marketing at Wayne State's Graduate School. Additionally, he is the founder and CEO of Digital Detroit, working with businesses to upskill their marketing teams. Nick is in the process of publishing his first textbook on content marketing, to be completed in 2022.  

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Dawn Cone, PhD

Management Consultant and Executive Coach

Dr. Dawn Cone is a Management Consultant and Executive Coach with 25 years of experience specializing in individual, team and organizational effectiveness. Her areas of expertise include individual, team and organizational assessment, culture change, leadership and team development, and bringing organizational vision to life. As Founder/CEO of DSC Consulting Solutions, Dawn’s clients have spanned across several industries. She speaks across the country. 

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Janice Cardwell, PhD, MBA

CEO of Conceivers Leadership Development Group

Dr. Cardwell is former Vice President/Campus Director for University of Phoenix-Detroit and a strong advocate for entrepreneurs. She has 30 years experience in adult learning and higher education.  As CEO of Conceivers LLC, her firm provides Empowerment Coaching, Executive Coaching, and Dissertation Coaching services. She brings a wealth of experience having held numerous board positions. Dr. Cardwell earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Capella University.

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Lydia Michael, MBA

President and Owner of Blended Collective

Lydia Michael is President and Owner of Blended Collective, a multicultural marketing and brand consultancy. A thought leader in multicultural marketing, diversity and inclusion, Lydia focuses on helping brands reach and engage diverse audiences and consumers through brand, content and multicultural marketing strategy, which requires an authentically and culturally engaging approach. Her project work includes Deloitte and L’Oréal during her time in Germany.

Terrence Henderson

Senior VP and General Counsel at Comerica Bank

Terrence Henderson serves as Comerica Bank’s Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Personal and Commercial Banking. He manages a team that provides legal support for various business lines and shared corporate services. Prior to joining Comerica, Terrance practiced law in the Business Transactions Section of Jackson Walker, LLP. Among his teaching pursuits, he has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Dallas’ MBA program teaching a course in “Managing the Small Enterprise”, has taught courses in financial analysis, banking, law and accounting for the American Banking Association’s American Institute of Banking. He received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, an MBA from Tulane University and a BS degree in Finance from the University of New Orleans.


Steven Zyskowski

Entrepreneur and

Networking Expert

Steven Zyskowski is the founder of Caerusnet (sear-us-net) Facilitated Referral Teams. Steve believes in harnessing the power of personal relationships and has helped his clients generate thousands of documented business referrals. Steve currently facilitates six active referral networking teams in the greater Ann Arbor, Brighton & Canton communities. He works with business owners, sales professionals and employees who have a hunger to become effective networkers. Over Zoom, Steve helps his clients learn how to create opportunities through use of language and tactics that have proven to be successful at generating referrals. Zyskowski also supports a team of facilitators who run their teams in Michigan and soon, nationally. He enjoys family, traveling, reading and sports.


Tina Williams

Founder of QT

Business Solutions

Tina Williams, BAA, MBA, is the Founder & COO of QT Business Solutions. She is a former Banker with Chase and Fifth Third Banks. She is also a Board Certified Master Financial Professional and Chartered Asset Manager. She started the business while working full time at Chase Bank. During her time at the bank she noticed that the majority of entrepreneurs and small business owners who applied for financing were unprepared. They had no business plans and many of them didn’t fully understand the banks’ approval criteria for business financing. This resulted in many of them being denied for business financing. This is how she came up with the idea to start QT Business Solutions, created to help entrepreneurs and small business owners properly prepare for business financing.

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Michael Cheatham

Bank Center Management

Comerica Bank

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Van Allen



Michael Cheatham resides in Detroit and was educated in the Detroit public school system. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he received a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Business. He later earned an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. While at U of M, he served in the Army Reserve. After college, Michael entered Comerica Bank’s Branch Management Training program. He spent most of his 25+ year career in the banking center system, but also worked for several years in Corporate Contributions and the CRA External Affairs department. He currently manages a Banking Center in metro-Detroit, where he serves as a trusted advisor, dedicated to helping customers be more successful. He serves on the board of directors for several non-profits and community organizations.

Van Allen is a lifelong entrepreneur. He began his career in investing over 25 years ago. His primary investments include real estate and blue chip stocks as well as numerous entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, he is an award winning motivational speaker and former cable talk show host. He has received numerous speaking awards including first place in the District 28 World Championship of Public Speaking Contest for Toastmasters International. His signature presentation “Are You a Winner” encourages audiences to step out of their comfort zone to reach their true potential. He attended Henry Ford Community College and Wayne State University. He is a Master NLP Practitioner. Currently he is Owner of Van Allen Productions which specializes in producing video and audio projects. 


Participants who complete all 9 modules will be entered into a drawing to win prizes to help their business thrive including a brand new Dell Laptop Computer, FREE! 

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