The other business owners actually empower me to keep going when times get tough.

Falesha Martin

Business Start-Up Learning Circles

Planning for Business, Planning for Impact

Apply HERE for the Next Learning Circle

The Women’s Business Center at ASSETS is proud to offer the Business Startup Learning Circle.  Are you trying to start a business but don’t know where to start? Are you looking for way to refine your business idea and interact with like-minded entrepreneurs? Do you want to use your business to positively impact your community? If so, our Business Start-up Learning Circles may be right for you. This five-week training program is set up to meet your needs as you plan to launch your business.

While extra consideration is given to specific challenges and issues for women entrepreneurs, our programs serve all – women, men, and racial and ethnic minorities.

The next Learning Circle will be in February 2019.  This 5 week Learning Circle for people in the idea phase and also for people who are in the start-up phase.  Classes are held once a week in the evenings 6-9pm.

Application for the Spring Learning Circle is open,  apply here.

ASSETS has created Learning Circles to provide business development courses for entrepreneurs in the Lancaster area. This unique program offers an interactive and conversational way for a group of aspiring entrepreneurs to learn and work through the early stages of the business planning process, while creating the types of positive relationships and networking which is essential for entrepreneurs. Upon completion, participants will leave with an externally-critiqued business plan, an outline for community impact, and an understanding of what their next steps should be.

How Learning Circles Work

Who can participate?

Learning Circle business planning program is open to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to develop a business idea into a business plan.

As part of the training, 15 business ideas will be chosen to enter a series of workshops which will help develop and build a business plan. Prospective entrepreneurs must fill out an online application prior to the deadline.

How much does it cost?

The total cost for the five week training is $75.

How long is the commitment?

The Women's Business Center hosts two Learning Circles per year. The cohorts meet on a weekly basis for three hours for five weeks. Attendance to all classes is required

What will be expected of me?

Learning Circle members are expected to have a business idea and attend weekly workshops on how to develop their business plan. As a participating entrepreneur in the training, you are expected to come eager to build you business idea and grow your plan on a weekly basis. In order to capitalize on the course, attendance and participation is a must!

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Next Learning Circles


Apply for the next Learning Circle that begins February 2019.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Apply here