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Community Business Academy Application
Community Business Academy Application
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Thanks for your interest in Sunshine Enterprises Community Business Academy.Please fill out the entire form. It will likely take 30-45 minutes to complete. DO NOT LEAVE ANY ANSWER BLANK!If you are accepted, you will be notified by email or phone and will be required to pay your registration fee in full, or make other arrangements with us, by the first day of class.
For which CBA Cohort are you applying?
Fall 2016 @ Chicago
Fall 2016 @ Evanston
Direct to Coaching
The following sections outline the commitments of the academy. Please fill in your initials in the section below.
I certify that if accepted in the Community Business Academy, I will:- Attend every class. - Arrive on time. - Attend for the entire class. - Complete and submit all take-home assignments. - I will secure my own child care needs. - I will secure a reliable form of transportation.
I hereby additionally certify that if accepted in the Community Business Academy, I will pay or make arrangements to pay the registration fee on or before the first day of class.
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State / Province / Region
ZIP / Postal Code
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Northern Mariana Islands
Palestine, State of
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, U.S.
Alternate Phone Number
Please tell us who to reach in case of an emergency.
How did you hear about us? Please check all those that apply
From whom did you hear about us?
Please include the name of the person or organization (e.g., CTA) from whom you heard about Sunshine Enterprises
Please note this information is collected for our internal statistical purposes only. The information you provide does NOT have any effect on your eligibility for our program.
Please indicate your race or ethnic background. Check All That Apply
Native American or Alaskan Native
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Hispanic or Latin American
Caucasian or White
Highest level of education completed.
Less than High School
Some High School
High School Graduate or Equivalent
Trade or Vocational Degree
Graduate or Professional Degree
Prefer Not to Answer
Are you a veteran
Would you consider yourself to have a disability?
Have you ever declared bankruptcy?
What barriers to employment do you feel you face?
Taking care of an ailing family member
Convicted of a crime
English as a second language
No significant barriers
Other, list here
Community Business Academy Application Spring 2015 Thanks for your interest in Sunshine Enterprises Community Business Academy.Please fill out the entire form IN ONE SITTING. It will likely take 30-45 minutes. DO NOT LEAVE ANY ANSWER BLANK!If you are accepted, you will be notified by email or phone and will be required to pay your registration fee in full, or make other arrangements with us, by the first day of class.
Current Employment Status
Employed by someone else Full-Time
Employed by someone else Part-Time
Not employed but looking for work
Not employed and not looking for work
Prefer Not to Answer
If employed, where do you currently work?
What is your position or title?
Do you have any work and/or educational experience directly related to your business idea?
Have you ever worked as a manager or supervisor?
$20,000 - $30,000
$30,000 - $40,000
$40,000 - $50,000
$50,000 - $75,000
$75,000 - $100,000
$100,000 - $150,000
$150,000 or more
Do you have a personal checking or savings account?
Do you have any savings you can use to start your business?
What is your current credit rating?
Poor (less than 600)
Please complete the information below
Are you a single parent?
Are you the primary earner for your household?
I am the primary means of income for my household.
No, I share income responsibilities with someone else.
How many people are living in your household?
Are you currently receiving any form of public assistance?
LINK/ Food Stamps
SSI (Social Security)
Housing Assistance/ Section 8
What was your household income last month?
What was your household income last year?
To what extent does your current monthly household income enable you to cover your monthly expenses?
Not at all
Did your personal or household income change significantly since last year, or do you expect it to change soon? If so, please explain.
What is the name of your business?
Describe your business in one sentence.
In what industry is your business?
Food & Beverage
Job Search Aids
Not For Profit
Is your business currently open and making sales?
Business is open and making sales
Business is open and not making sales
I am not currently in business
If your business has been open, for how long?
Less than a year
3 years or more
What was the date of your first sale?
Have you registered your business?
Where is your business located? ( can skip if not applicable)
Rented: Office Space
Do you work Full-time or Part-time on your business?
Not at all
Part-time (Less than 35 hours/week)
Full-time ( 35 hours/week)
What were business sales last month?
What were business sales over the last year?
Are you able to pay yourself a salary from the business?
Do you have anyone else that you pay to help operate the business?
No. of Full-Time Employees (if applicable).
No. of Part-Time Employees (if applicable).
No. of Temporary paid employees (contract, 1099, etc.)
Do you have a separate bank account for your business?
Do you have inventory?
How much money have you put into the business?
Have you ever applied for a business loan?
Have you ever received a business loan?
If yes, please check from where:
Bank or Credit Union
Family or Friends
What specific training or help do you expect to receive from the Community Business Academy?
Constructing your business model.
Establishing the initial set-up for your business (business entity).
Creating your marketing plan.
Accessing and improving your credit.
Obtaining financing for your business.
Establishing your business operations.
Determining a location for your business.
Hiring employees or staff
Accessing professional services (like bookkeeping, etc.).
Please check all that apply.
Please tell us about your business idea. Explain it briefly here.
Who will buy your product or services? How will you attract these customers?
Who are your major competitors? What makes your business different? (Please give 3 examples of competitors.)
Please describe why you decided to go into business.
Please describe your current goals for the business or business idea. What are you already doing to move forward with starting or growing your business?
What are the biggest challenges you may face on a personal level? How do you expect to overcome it?
Please include any additional comments.
If the $250 registration fee would be a deterrent to your participation, you may fill out the following income verification form online here:http://sunshineenterprises.com/community-business-academy-application/income-verification-worksheet/Please include the required supporting documents along with the income verification form: • Proof of Current Personal Income • Proof of Current Household Income Income verification documents can include: W2, Payroll Stub, Benefit Letter/Documentation, Unemployment Documentation, Proof of Disability Payments or Personal Affidavit.
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