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April 4, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. View Recurrence Dates
Category: Training
Location: State Hall #409 | Map
5143 Cass
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: $350.00
Occurring: Weekly on Thursday, until May, 2nd 2019 View Recurrence Dates
Audience: Alumni

Have you ever thought of starting a business that addresses a social problem or provides an unmet need in the community? Then you might be a social work entrepreneur. Would you like help understanding how you might turn your idea into a social venture? Then join us for a business and entrepreneurship planning course developed especially for social workers.

The Social Entrepreneurship Committee at the School of Social Work at Wayne State University wants to help you explore your social venture idea.  We are partnering with The Build Institute, a business development services organization based in Southwest Detroit that promotes equitable entrepreneurship, to offer aspiring and established social work entrepreneurs a customized business development training course called Build Social Work. This non-credit course is specifically designed for social workers who have an idea for a business or organization that fills an unmet community need or creates positive social change.

Build Social Work is a business and project planning class for aspiring and established social work entrepreneurs. Classes will be taught by local experts and cover all the basics of starting a social venture. If you’ve ever contemplated starting a business or organization with a social mission purpose, this class is for you. You’ll be exploring your idea with a supportive and caring cohort of 10-15 social workers. You’ll leave the class with a completed business plan, and the knowledge and confidence to take your idea to the next level.

Our curriculum is a learner-centered, hands-on and activity-based, so you’ll be doing as much as you’ll be listening. We’ll provide you with a Build binder that includes lessons, resources and a sample business plan for you to fill out as we go.

Class topics include:

·       Money Management & Life Skills

·       Legal Structures, Licensing, and Personal Budget

·       Personal Credit, Start-up Costs and Overhead

·       Sales Unit & Break Even Point

·       Sales and Profit Goals & Cash Flow

·       Target Markets, Market Research & Mission

·       Research, Competition, Pricing & Goals

·       Financing Sources & Loan Process


Location:          State Hall, Room 409, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Dates:               Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm, March 7 – May 2, 2019

Fees:                  $350 for the 9-week course

Registration:    To sign up for the course, please click here. Registration is limited, so secure your spot now.

 “Build Institute helped me by providing peer support and hands-on exercises necessary for me to first determine whether our business idea was viable, and secondly, to put together a business plan.” Kirsten Ussery, Detroit Vegan Soul

 About The Build Institute

Great ideas start with Build. The Build Institute helps people turn their business ideas into reality by providing them with the necessary tools, resources, and support network in Detroit. They have graduated over 1400 aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs from their classes, many of whom have gone on to start successful businesses in the city. In addition to classes, they offer networking events, mentorship, connections to resources and a nurturing community that allows ideas to develop and flourish over time. Build believes with a little support, a lot of hard work, and a friendly nudge, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running. For more information about Build visit them online at

For more information about the Build Social Work course, contact Shantalea Johns at the School of Social Work at Wayne State University at (313) 577-4463 or for more information.

For more information about this event, please contact Shantalea Johns at 3135774463 or