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The Entrepreneur Bootcamp and Certification Program presented by the National Entrepreneurs Association and Comerica Bank with sponsorship from Dell Technologies is a 9 week "Live" 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. This program is ideal for growth stage entrepreneurs. Here's what you will take away from this training:

  • Understand entrepreneurship on a macro and 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

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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. 


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Our certification serves as assurance to those who do business with you, 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 confidently run 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 currently be an entrepreneur to participate.

  • Your business can not be part of multi-level marketing.

  • 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.

The next orientation is Sept 23, 2024! Classes Start Sept 30, 2024!

Training sessions will be held on Mondays 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 paid upon acceptance.

A Few Testimonials from Previous Cohort Members

"I was stuck in several areas of business development ranging from CEO mindset to no adjustment for business realities around marketing and security technology.  The NEA Comerica Entrepreneur Bootcamp and Certification Program in nine weeks moved my business foundation further than it has moved in all the last five years." Jocelyn Van Coney, Van Coney Business Strategies, LLC 

"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

"These last 2 months have been Amazing, Filling, Exhausting, Stretching and 2 of the best months of my Entrepreneur Confidence-Building life. I am seriously looking at the Mastermind-I am still hungry for more!  Each week gave me nuggets that have transformed my mindset, abilities, focus and future … I have truly been blessed!" Maryann Nutt, My Healthy Life

"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.

“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.

"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

“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, The Furry Pets and Co. 


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 presentations 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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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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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.

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Geneva Williams, PhD

Leadership Strategist

Dr. Geneva Speaks, LLC

Geneva Williams is CEO of Dr. Geneva Speaks, LLC and creator of The Vibrant Life Blueprint©, which helps entrepreneurs and executives achieve extraordinary success and happiness. After a 40+ year career as an award-winning, nonprofit leader, raising millions for business and community causes, Dr. Geneva reinvented herself as an entrepreneur, author, and international speaker. Crain’s cites her as one of Detroit’s most influential women, NAWBO named her a leading businesswoman, and she received the Urban League’s Distinguished Warrior award for lifetime achievement. Dr. Geneva is the Vice Chair of the Governor’s Michigan Women’s Commission, a commercial television actress, and host of Ignite2impact on iHeart Radio.


Keith Crispen, MCD

Principle Consultant

The Crispen Group

Crispen has connected startups to over $20 million since 2009, and helped nonprofits raise millions for community-based programming and place-based initiatives. Crispen has been a featured Guest Lecturer on Entrepreneurship for Blackstone Launchpad at Wayne State University, and hosts a podcast named Foundr Fuel that helps startups and nonprofits avoid common pitfalls and learn from the mistakes of others. In addition to his work, Crispen has  volunteered as President of Detroit Young Professionals and Director of Development for AIGA Detroit, and  Director of Community Development for Detroit Hives. He holds a BS in Management from WSU Mike Ilitch School of Business, and a Master of Community Economic Development from the University of Detroit-Mercy’s School of Architecture.

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Michael Cheatham, MBA

Bank Center Management

Comerica Bank

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.

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Cory Freeman

 Product Marketing Manager

Dell Security

Cory Freeman is a Product Marketing Manager at Dell Technologies, where he helps bring to life the company's Client Solutions portfolio. He has over 15 years of experience in the tech industry, with a focus on sales, product marketing, product line management, field marketing, and go-to-market. Cory is passionate about creating customer-centric solutions that balance IT with end-user productivity. He has a deep understanding of the "human factors" that drive outcomes, and he uses this understanding to develop solutions that meet the needs of real people. Cory is a graduate of Lamar University Beaumont, and he lives in Round Rock, Texas with his wife and two children. He enjoys spending his free time playing sports, listening to music, and traveling.


Jessie Metzler

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.  

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Van Allen


Speaker and Trainer

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 and audio projects. 


Bernadette Johnson

Leadership Strategist

Speaker and Author

Bernadette Johnson is globally awarded and recognized for transforming and leveraging the way leaders lead and how they learn.  Her  practice Inspired Action Motivates, is committed to enabling leaders to transform their organizations into environments that nurture the human spirit while achieving breakthrough results. Successfully partnering over the last two decades across numerous industries, for profit and for purpose, she’s the catalyst enabling businesses to leverage their Return On Leadership. She is the author of Waves of Influence: Your Expanded Guide and Insight to Your Highest Self as well as Waves of Leadership: Inspiration for Those Leading from the Middle.



One entrepreneur will win a brand new Dell Laptop Computer valued at $1500. Sponsored by Dell Technologies. 

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Applications for Cohort 9 Are Now Being Accepted!
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Entrepreneur Bootcamp & Certification Program Application

Thank you! Acceptance letters will begin in July!

Free Orientation & Information Session
Monday Sept 23, 2024 on Zoom!


$100 administrative fee due upon acceptance.

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