Got a small business—or an idea for one—and you’re ready to go big?

Fresno Pacific University’s Center for Community Transformation is helping entrepreneurs start and grow life-giving businesses through Launchpad: Micro-Enterprise Training. The next edition of the seven-week series starts September 5. Access is easy as participants Zoom sessions from their home or other location from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesdays through October 17.

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This proven small business start-up boot camp, formerly known as Launch Central Valley, provides direction, instruction and coaching from business experts in marketing, sales, finance and dealing with attorneys, accountants and government officials. Individual coaching is also available. The goal is to help businesses acquire their first sale by the end of the series. So far, 101 of 141 participants have launched their business and achieve that first sale during the seven weeks of instruction. 

The Center for Community Transformation has invested capital and training into 52 social enterprises in the Valley, through its Spark Tank awards program. Plans are for CCT to assist more than 300 area entrepreneurs to get businesses thriving over the next five years, financed by nearly $1 million from the Lilly Endowment.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations