Together we can help West Ward small businesses re-start, recover, and thrive.

West Ward Small Business Initiative

Powered by the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

This program is supported by the Urban League of Essex County and Partnership West, Inc. and has financial support from Wells Fargo.

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Business Owners

DON'T STRUGGLE ALONE. GET THE HELP YOU NEED TO MAKE IT THROUGH THESE TOUGH TIMES.

All work is done remotely via phone and video conference.

We will create a Success Circles team for you made up of business experts to help you:

Get sales going again

Attract new clientele

Increase your online presence

Ramp up your marketing

Get your financials in order

Address supply chain disruptions

Review contracts, leases and other business legal matters

Manage re-opening related HR issues

Comply with social distancing requirements 

and more!!!

Our work with you can range from strategic to tactical, high level to down in the trenches. Our Success Circles volunteers will help you get things done. Whether your priority is survival or you have an imminent opportunity for growth, we are here to help you make it happen.

 

Apply

Complete an application

Schedule

Schedule a needs assessment call

Get Matched 

We match you with your Success Circles team

Begin Work

You and your team create a work plan and get to work!

 

Interested in Volunteering?

 All work is done remotely by phone and video conferencing. 

We can use whatever time you have available:

  • Work on a short project

  • Contribute a set number of hours per week

  •  Answer questions online

  • Offer a webinar or free business services

It's easy to get involved!

Tell us your area of expertise and how much time you can volunteer.

We match you with a small business that can use your expertise.

We provide easy to use project management and tracking tools. 

Make a difference for our small business community and help rebuild our economy.

We need expertise in many different areas:

Accounting

Administrative support

Bookkeeping

Business model reinvention

Copy writing/Content development

Culinary arts/Restaurant management

Human resources

Legal

Loan packaging

Marketing

Merchandising

Operations

Presentation development

Public relations

Real estate - commercial leasing

Real estate - development

Relationship development/Networking

Sales strategy/Sales training

Social media

Strategic consulting

Supply chain management

Technology

Website development

And more!

 Join the fight to save our small business community and stimulate our economy using your professional skills

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We're All In This Together

The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), founded in 2002, is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. We are experts in creating and implementing small business programming in support of larger economic development objectives. Our services and programs help ambitious “every day” entrepreneurs gain access to the knowledge, networks, and capital necessary to succeed in business.

 

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