WHAT IS THE ENTREPRENEUR BOOTCAMP AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAM?
The Entrepreneur Bootcamp and Certification Program presented by the National Entrepreneurs Association and Comerica Bank is a 9 week virtual 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.
IN THIS TRAINING WE WILL COVER
WHY BECOME A CERTIFIED ENTREPRENEUR?
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.
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.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, DATES AND TIMES
This training is open to the public.
You must currently be an entrepreneur to participate.
All participants must complete an application.
You must be accepted into the program to attend.
You must be able to attend all 9 sessions.
A limit of 40 students will be admitted per cohort.
Your business must be based in the United States.
Orientation is April 18, 2023! Classes Start April 25, 2023!
Training sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm ET on Zoom.
*Thanks to the support of our sponsors this training is free however there
is a $100 administration fee to be invoiced upon acceptance.
A Few Testimonials from Previous Cohorts
"My participation in the NEA Comerica Entrepreneur Bootcamp and Certification Program was an amazing and life-changing experience. It is truly a well-planned comprehensive program..." Angela T. Moore, Health/Fitness Coach and Founder of The Body Principle
"This experience has completely changed the way I view my business and how I will proceed in business going forward. If I am being honest, this cohort was just what I needed and it came at the right time. This has been a WONDERFUL experience and I wouldn't trade these 9 weeks for anything else." Nifiah Reid Sanders, Founder of LIVN Truth
"This particular boot camp and certification program, because it’s blended with the expertise of NEA and Comerica and some truly highly qualified presenters, it is really applicable for those who are starting up as well as those of us who are more well-established business owners. The NEA Comerica Entrepreneurship Certification program is a dream come true." Tisha Hammond, The Small Business Cheerleader
"I am so thankful that I was recommended to be a part of Cohort 2. I can honestly say not only am I trained to be a successful entrepreneur, but a wise one. I immediately started applying these principles as I went through the course and was able to secure a $2000 speaking engagement." Dr. David Banks, Founder of Noble Success Strategic Group & Graduate of Cohort 2.
“I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation. Thank you for creating the boot camp training program. It was truly an amazing experience. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of the training. I can't thank you enough for this terrific program. The benefits of my participation in the NEA Boot Camp training are invaluable and long-term. I am just beginning to apply this information. I'm very excited about what I learned from attending..." Joan Woods Rashid, Founder of Pivotal Philanthropic Consulting LLC.
“The NEA Comerica Entrepreneur Bootcamp was EVERYTHING! The training through this illustrious program was top tier. As an entrepreneur I learned how to read and understand my financial statements. I was able to streamline my social media pages. Through this course I was able to focus my marketing and my mindset. I will be recommending this program to my team members.” Omega Auntie Mothersill, Founder of Enhance U Enterprises LLC and Graduate of Cohort 2.
"Thank you for an opportunity for entrepreneurs that is life changing for the entrepreneur and for others who will benefit from the power of understanding business beyond the basics. NEA is unlike any other training. The belief, vision, and commitment along with your standard of high-quality guest presenters are top notch for a stellar entrepreneurial learning experience. NEA far exceeded my expectations. You truly over delivered." Lisa Yvette Jones, Founder of iCARE Leadership, LLC
"Thank you for such a comprehensive program, I have truly been stretched beyond my comfort zone. I see this opportunity of being part of the NEA Bootcamp Cohort 1 to expand as a person and entrepreneur. It has been a refreshing journey of growth." James Mack, Founder Mack Success Group
"Just a great team of intelligent, business-minded people. I’m watching and learning. Michael Cheatham gave two very solid presentations. Great Bootcamp so far! I have not been disappointed one moment." Jacqueline McCollum, CEO and Founder of Global Hues
“I am very honored to have been a part of the NEA Comerica Entrepreneur Bootcamp and Certification Program. The program gives me better perspective on my entrepreneurial journey. The community and NEA were all amazing. The energy in the class was so amazing. The education and knowledge are priceless! Cherisse Curtis, Founder of The Furry Pets and Co. and Graduate of Cohort 3.
MEET THE SPEAKERS AND TRAINERS
ZaLonya Allen, PhD
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.
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.
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.
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.
William Honaker, JD
Intellectual Property Attorney and Author
William Honaker provides keynote presentations and training seminars on Intellectual Property Law for business owners. He is the author of the book, "Turn Your Ideas Into Gold - A Business Owner's Guide to Intellectual Property". As a former US Patent and Trademark Examiner, with more than 35 years of experience, he has extensive knowledge of all aspects of patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters, including litigation in a broad range of industries.As head of Dickinson Wright’s Intellectual Property Practice, He oversaw more than 50 lawyers across 12 offices that handled cases both nationally and internationally. He has a proprietary client communication and project management system, The Harmony System™, that recognizes, collects and protects your IP.
Gayle Castle is a former Global Event Manager for Executive Development and Administrative Assistant for two of the world’s largest corporations, General Motors and Diamler. She has extensive experience in organizing corporate meetings, events and conferences as well as experience in strategic planning, negotiating and budget forecasting. Her experience and education resulted in her developing a high level of competency in using and teaching various computer software programs. She holds degrees in business and technology from Walsh College.
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.
President and Owner of
All Social Jessie
Jessie Metzler is a one-of-a-kind social media strategist whose special skills lie in helping business owners and professionals be right on top of things with their social media presence – whether that is via training, direct management of their various social platforms – or both. Jessie dove in head first into the disruptive world of social media marketing in 2012 where she took over the reins of a marketing and public relations firms’ efforts with their book of clients. There she discovered the true power of social media and why businesses must stand out on digital platforms where the world now shares, shop and sell. Today she manages a diverse book of clients ranging from tech to medical.
Tina Williams, MBA
Founder of QT
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.
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. 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 and founder of Van Allen Productions which specializes in video & audio projects.
Michael Cheatham, MBA
Bank Center Management
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.
Joseph B Anderson
President and CEO
Tag Holdings, LLC
Joe Anderson became one of six African American students in his class of 900 at West Point. Joe served in the Army for the next 13 years. His time in the army and his impressive leadership qualities over his racially diverse platoon were highlighted in the Oscar winning documentary titled “The Anderson Platoon.” After the Army, while a White House Fellow during the Carter Administration, Joe’s career started when General Motors in Detroit recruited him. This was the opportunity that would later turn into a successful and profitable future for Joe. In 1994, Joe had his first opportunity to acquire a machinery company. Wiping out his bank account and taking out loans, Joe went all-in on this business venture. He now owns a manufacturing business that is worth $150M.
WIN A BRAND NEW DELL LAPTOP COMPUTER!
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. Sponsored by Dell Technologies.