FW: Application Deadline March 12th! - UCEDC Seeks Reentry Candidates for Entrepreneurship Training Program

From: "Andrea Levandowski alevandowski@PROTECTED [NJLibsGrowBiz]" <NJLibsGrowBiz@PROTECTED>
Subject: FW: Application Deadline March 12th! - UCEDC Seeks Reentry Candidates for Entrepreneurship Training Program
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Date: February 19th 2021



Andrea Simzak Levandowski (she/her/hers)

Library Consultant for Small Business Development & Technology

New Jersey State Library

P.O. Box 520

Trenton, NJ 08625

(609) 278-2640 x190



From: UCEDC <sthomas@PROTECTED> On Behalf Of UCEDC
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2021 2:38 PM
To: Andrea Levandowski <alevandowski@PROTECTED>
Subject: Application Deadline March 12th! - UCEDC Seeks Reentry Candidates for Entrepreneurship Training Program






Introducing Entrepreneurship as a Second Chance


The Entrepreneurship as a Second Chance (ESC) initiative offers formerly incarcerated or court-involved individuals the opportunity to explore re-entry into society through business ownership. In addition to intensive entrepreneurial training, two years of one-on-one mentoring, and business plan development, ESC will provide participants with the necessary tools for success.


Program Overview

ESC is a pathway to self-sustainability through entrepreneurship. Developed by UCEDC with funding from Impact 100 Garden State, the program enables citizens reentering society to forge an alternate path toward employment free of the typical societal prejudices and obstacles they traditionally face. ESC provides the education, mentoring, and support needed. A well-prepared entrepreneur with a solid business plan has much greater odds for success. The ESC program will start April 7, 2021, with a 7-week course, which includes virtual classroom training and one-on-one counseling each week. Participants will create a viable business plan and will have two years of additional mentoring while they start their new businesses. ESC will provide the tools each business needs to be successful, including computers, business software, and the potential for start-up financing.




·    Learn whether you have the traits to be a business owner and make your idea work

·    Assess the feasibility of your particular business idea and ensure that it will provide the benefits you want from business ownership

·    Master the steps to opening a business in New Jersey

·    Determine the correct structure for your business

·    Work closely with instructors during class and in off-hours to draft your business plan.

·    Receive one-on-one mentoring for 2 years on successful completion of the class

·    Access potential funding


What you will cover


Self-Assessment – Personal Readiness

Business Assessment – The Idea and Understanding Your Market

Developing the Business Plan:

·    Organization Structure and Financing the Business

·    The Marketing Plan

·    Basic Financial Statements

·    Management and Operations Plan

·    Projecting Financial Results


Who should apply?


Individuals who are court-involved or returning from incarceration, who are seriously interested in business ownership, and are able to commit to the class schedule. ESC is a highly competitive program, and those who apply will go through an in-depth screening process before being accepted to the program.


Minimum requirements to qualify:

·    Post-release for at least 1 year (ideally with one year’s tax return if available)

·    Have recurring income from at least one part- or full-time job


To access the application form click here:


For more information and questions, please contact Lenny Joseph, UCEDC Program Manager, at ljoseph@PROTECTED or (201) 259-0037.


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