Small Business Capital Ready Certification

BCLI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, offers an educational program to increase access to capital for entrepreneurs, especially minority-, veteran-, and women-owned businesses, incorporating the award-winning Money Smart for Small Business (MSSB) curriculum developed by the FDIC and promoted by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).


Most entrepreneurs do not qualify for affordable bank and SBA business financing as they are not properly prepared to meet the underwriting requirements.  Furthermore, few small business owners understand the proven process of accessing capital under their EIN without the use of their personal credit, commonly referred to as "business credit".


This grant-subsidized curriculum addresses guaranteed access to business credit and SBA loans.  Developed with the input from business bankers, SBA lenders, SBDC advisors, SCORE mentors, and others, it provides a core foundation required to access capital for pre-launch, start-up, and existing businesses. 


Many refer this to the most valuable "Business Financial Literacy" available that is needed by every small business owner.  While there are many small business training programs, workshops, and classes available, this is the ONLY one with a:

  1. laser-focused curriculum on accessing capital versus general education topics;
  2. hands-on workshop versus a lecture; and
  3. $100.000 capital raise guarantee for attendees who complete the programming.




The one day, in-person workshop is a practical, hands-on experience addressing the following:  

  • Increasing awareness of the 27 most common mistakes that keep small businesses from accessing capital (and how to get approved).
  • Understanding and optimizing personal and business credit scores to meet the 165 FICO SBSS requirement to qualify for up to a $150,000 SBA loan that is available even for start-ups.
  • Comprehending the importance of having a solid bank rating to qualify for funding and innovative strategies to accomplish even for cash-strapped businesses.
  • Learning the secrets of building business credit under your EIN without the use of your personal credit.
  • Rather than a lecture, we'll literally develop the following during the one day workshop to obtain a SBA 7(a) Express Loan:
    •  A lender-compliant business plan 
    • A lender-compliant revenue and expense projection
    • A lender-compliant Personal Financial Statement (PFS)
    • A lender-compliant Uses of Funds




Due to the hands-on nature of the Certification, it is only offered in-person.  However, it is available nationally.  In fact, we'll come to your community to teach you and ensure you can access at least $100,000 in capital for your business.  

BCLI typically collaborates with churches, trade associations, business organizations, etc. to host each class.  There is no cost to the host and, in fact, hosts are paid through grant-stipends for their valuable role of promoting to their sphere of influence to create a class of 20+.


Please take a moment to complete the short form at the bottom of the page to proceed.




Participants pay a $299 refundable deposit when they enroll.  Click here to register now


Upon completing the one day class, participants have the option to receive additional guidance for a twelve month period.  During this time, we'll work together to ensure you reach a minimum of a $100,000 capital raise (the economic impact threshold required by the grant), we will allocate grant funding to reimburse the $299 refundable deposit.


Please take a moment to click here now to register.




Would you consider helping faciliate a one day Certification class with a host in your community?  If so, you can receive a $1,000 grant-stipend and the host will receive the same!


Better yet, help faciliate a class every month, every week or even day to earn up to twenty (20) grant-stipends per month.


Please take a moment to complete the short form at the bottom of the page to proceed or click here to register now.



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