Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program
- Number of Businesses Created since 2002 54
- Number of People Employed: 286
- Locations: Nigeria since 2004, Namibia pilot project 2003, Philippines pilot project 2004 and 2006
- People Directly Benefiting from the Businesses: 1456
- Employees’ Children who are attending or have attended school: 743
Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program Purpose: To locate and train a developing communities best leaders in business management and create 3 to 5 businesses per year.
Business Creation Program Outline:
- Locate the best leaders in developing communities regardless of age, religion, sex, sexual orientation or economic/social standing. This is accomplished by advertising the program on local TV, radio in government agencies, schools, churches, mosques, town centers and more.
- Select participants to undergo a 3 month course training course. Classes are three to four nights a week for 2 to 2.5 hours. Most selected leaders have full time employment and must study at night to participate within the program.
- Teach participants the principles of business management, accounting, community planning, project management, fundraising, budgeting, advertising and networking.
- Identify community problems with participants and create four to five working entrepreneurial solutions to them.
- Coordinate a plan of action and create a business project proposal with the help of local business owners, leaders, universities, businesses, NGO’s, and municipalities.
- Approach local businesses and donors to help finance the businesses initiatives. Funds raised locally are often then matched by LI.
- Arrange skills training for the business ideas supported by the local community. Over the next three to six months, selected business ideas will receive skills training from experienced trainers from neighboring states or countries to train the new business owners and their employees in that trade.
- Support new business with local LI staff who will work with each business initiative to ensure that they have all the necessary training, equipment and community support to ensure their business succeeds. Quarterly progress reports are then submitted to both local offices and LI headquarters for comparative documentation.