"The Allstate MWEE program has taken my business to the next
level. We now employ 14 staff and serve more than 70 children in our daycare
center. The training I received was very beneficial and has given me skills
that allow us to continue to grow."
During the nine-month program, each participant (protégé) is assigned a business mentor with whom they meet regularly to discuss their business objectives and formulate a summarized business plan. Business development and skill-building sessions are held twice monthly. Topics include accessing capital, marketing, social media, human resources, business plan writing, time management, presentation skills and basic finance and accounting.
Protégés complete a revised or newly developed business model canvas with the assistance of their mentors. The top protégé receives the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award and a $1,500 prize. To participate in the program, an applicant must be either a woman or a member of a recognized minority and own a business in the Buffalo-Niagara region. For more information, visit mgt.buffalo.edu/entrepreneurship or contact the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at 716-885-5715 or .