Urban & Community Entrepreneurship Program

Good for business, Good for the community. The Urban & Community Entrepreneurship Program (UCEP) helps entrepreneurs overcome the challenges of starting businesses in distressed and underserved neighborhoods and exurban “Main Street” business districts through four major resources: Educational Workshops, Community Power to Prosper Program, Consulting Services, and Collaborative Partnerships. UCEP is committed to advancing entrepreneurship in underserved and moderate income communities and to help advance business leaders of today and tomorrow prosper. The focus of the Urban and Community Entrepreneurship Program is to help foster economic empowerment by investing in one individual, one job and one business at a time.


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Community Power to Prosper

The Community Power to Prosper Program is designed to target established small business owners who are interested in managing their long-term growth and success. We aim to increase revenue, profits and number of employees through a valuable six month business education program. As an entrepreneur you may feel isolated, yet the challenges you face—everything from rising taxes to managing your employees—are shared by all small business owners.

The Community Power to Prosper Program provides relevant information that is applicable to your business. You will not only receive help planning, achieving and managing the long term success of your business, but have the opportunity to meet and network with other small business owners. Invest in yourself and your business by participating in the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence’s Community Power to Prosper Program.

Topics Include:

  • Alternative Funding Options
  • Strategic Planning
  • Supply Chain Strategies
  • Financial Management
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Legalities of Small Business

Ideal for Business Owners Who:

  • Have been in business for a minimum of three years
  • Have at least one full time employee other than themselves
  • Generates at least $200,000 in revenue
  • Is looking for new ways to sustain and grow their business

Community Power to Prosper Program Information:

2019 Application

2019 Curriculum 

2019 Flyer

Deadline to apply for the 2019 class: June 3, 2019


For more information on the Urban & Community Entrepreneurship Program contact Nicole Hudson at nhudson@innovation.pitt.edu or call 412-648-1544.

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