Industry-Driven Support Model
What is the Industry-Driven Support Model?
The Industry-Driven Support Model is being developed and tested as a resource for low income entrepreneurs with disabilities. The model is focused on bringing entrepreneurs from all parts of Alaska with various disabilities together through one common theme, owning a small business within a similar industry.
The training sessions focus on a specific topic (e.g., Finances or Marketing) for a specific industry (e.g., arts and crafts or service businesses). The networking sessions focus on discussions around the training topics and how to network within and outside of one’s own community.
What does the model offer to entrepreneurs?
Industry-Driven: Entrepreneurs recruited based on similar businesses to offer a chance to connect with and learn from people who share a common interest
Focused training: Training offered based on a single topic, such as financial management, to allow more in-depth exploration of the topic
Networking sessions: Networking sessions offered with focused discussions around training topics and how to network within and outside of one’s own community
Web-based delivery: Interactive, real-time web conferencing software used to provide training for people throughout Alaska
What is so important about networking?
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Networking sessions are intended to provide a place for participants to share ideas, offer suggestions and support to other participants, share their own challenges and ask questions, encourage participation in professional and trade organizations, and get to know other participants on a deeper level. Unlike the training sessions where a presenter does the majority of talking, networking sessions are participant driven and facilitator guided.
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