With your support, the entrepreneurs of Tennessee will now have access to the knowledge and support they need to start or grow a business.

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OUR GOAL

10,000

ENTREPRENEURS

Diane Canada, and her Nashville-based company Lady Like Leaders, and The Lonely Entrepreneur, a 501c3 corporation, have created the Tennessee Entrepreneur Initiative (TEI) to empower 10,000 aspiring entrepreneurs.

Through this initiative, organizations like yours “sponsor” entrepreneurs to receive free access to The Lonely Entrepreneur Learning Community – a one-stop shop for the knowledge, tools and support individuals need to be entrepreneurs. This resource combines 300 learning modules, weekly group coaching, an online community, and 100s of tools and templates to enable entrepreneurs to overcome the business and personal challenges they face, create jobs, and stimulate our economy. With your help, the Learning Community - which normally costs $500 per year - is being offered free to Tennessee entrepreneurs.

What better way to impact Tennessee than by investing in emerging entrepreneurs?

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HOW YOUR ORGANIZATION BENEFITS

You not only support entrepreneurs, you enhance your brand, drive social responsibility and create a unique employee engagement opportunity. 

Help Tennessee Entrepreneurs: provide individuals with the knowledge, tools and support they need


Differentiate and Enhance Your Brand: gain notoriety and brand awareness for your commitment and differentiation in the eyes of entrepreneurs


Advance Your Women, Diversity and Social Responsibility Efforts: advance your women, diversity and social responsibility initiatives by supporting diverse entrepreneurs


Provide Unique Employee Engagement: create powerful employee engagement by enabling employees to dialogue with entrepreneurs via the platform


Drive Economic Development: drive economic development in the communities across Tennessee

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HOW TO SPONSOR ENTREPRENEURS

Decide how many and how much and we take it from there!

YOUR ORGANIZATION DECIDES TO SPONSOR ENTREPRENEURS VIA THE TEI

DECIDE HOW MANY ENTREPRENEURS YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR

WE'LL PROVIDE THE LEARNING COMMUNITY TO THE DESIGNATED RECIPIENTS

THOSE ENTREPRENEURS GET ACCESS TO THE LEARNING COMMUNITY

TYPE OF ENTREPRENEURS

We designate which group receives the Learning Community:

  • Women

  • Minorities

  • Underprivileged

  • Youth (14-22)

  • Veterans

  • Mothers

  • Immigrants

  • Seniors

  • Ex-Prisoners

# OF ENTREPRENEURS

Support a number of individuals based on funding levels:

# 10 25 50 100 250 500 1000
$ $5,000 $10,000 $17,500 $30,000 $50,000  $75,000 $100,000

PROGRAM DETAILS

TEI provides entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools and support they need and your organization with a turn-key way to have an impact and highlight the results.

HOW IT WORKS FOR ENTREPRENEURS

The Learning Community organizes what your audience needs to know into the 12 business and personal areas they must master:

  • Setting Up A Business
  • Generating Revenue
  • Running Your Business
  • Managing Yourself
  • Differentiating Your Offering
  • Marketing
  • Leading The Company
  • Raising Money
  • People
  • Communication
  • Finance
  • Legal

We’ve organized what entrepreneurs need to know – lessons, templates, tools, and vendor reviews – into the 12 business and personal areas we all face.

Your participants have access to 300+ bite-sized lessons that give them the answers to the key questions entrepreneurs should be asking. Not just any answers… Answers that make a difference. And not just business-focused answers… Answers that address the personal issues that are too often overlooked. Beating the competition. Driving sales. Building a plan. Managing oneself . Social media. Lots of questions. One place for answers.

Each week, there are a series of online group coaching sessions that all entepreneurs can attend.  Coaches from The Lonely Entrepreneur cover a variety of topics and help attendees with their most pressing questions.

Participants become part of our online community of fellow entrepreneurs where they can share, grow and learn together. We guide participants with daily tips and insights and provide responses that answer their most pressing questions. They also have the opportunity to connect with us and fellow entrepreneurs as they embark on their journey to start or grow their business. Through the online community, we guide them to the knowledge they need to be a successful entrepreneur.

We’ve organized all the tools and templates individuals need to start and grow a business. From investor presentations, to cash flow statement, to a marketing plan, to non-disclosure agreement  All the tools and templates an entrepreneur commonly needs can be found in one place.

We cut through the noise to present unbiased reviews of the key third-party software and business solutions that entrepreneurs will need in their businesses. Your audience will have access to feedback on all the relevant tools,  from accounting to task management to CRM to marketing automation.

Entrepreneurs enroll free of charge with a simple online or mobile registration.

From the moment individuals sign up, we connect with them in an ongoing engagement model, made easy with our online community. Our model begins with initial invitations and welcome, and continues with daily posts, enabling participants to ‘follow’ topics they like, quickly answering content questions and directing to learning resources, hosting weekly events, live chatting, and facilitating participants’ engagement with each other.

HOW IT WORKS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION

There are two primary methods for identifying recipients for the program. The choice is yours:

  • You designate specific groups you want to empower (e.g., women). We then provide the solution to one of the many groups we work with of that type of individual.

  • You can also recommend groups that you have relationships with individuals in your target group.

Either way, once you decide, we handle the entire process for getting your target group into the program.

The number of entrepreneurs you will be supporting is based on your funding level. Your financial support provides The Learning Community to these individuals for a full year.  We will provide a special code to your target group that is valid for the number of individuals you have decided to support.

Your organization’s point of contact will be paired with an account manager to support you while managing all elements of the program. This includes recruitment, program setup, engagement, reporting, participant needs, marketing, and scheduling activities in the community.

We help you communicate the investment you are making and how you are making a difference in people's lives.  We help you integrate this into your formal or informal reporting, public relations and marketing efforts.

We provide a series of reports including enrollment, engagement, learning activity and business results. These reports are provided to you as part of a regular monthly, quarterly or annual reporting process for you to monitor progress and integrate our reporting into your formal reporting activities.

In addition to more formal metric reporting, we provide you with regular quarterly success stories that demonstrate how your efforts are empowering your target groups for use in your internal and external marketing, reporting and communications efforts.

In addition to telling the outside world about your efforts, we help you communicate within your organization to highlight the value of your efforts.

Through the program, we’ll together gain insights on how to more effectively provide value to the groups you want to empower and integrate those insights into the program.