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Community Business Academy

Community Business Academy

An experiential and interactive learning program designed for the entrepreneur and small business owner who wants to build strong foundations of success for their business.


Starting and running a business can be challenging and overwhelming.

The Greater Freeport Partnership Community Business Academy is designed for current and prospective owners of small businesses to develop the skills and knowledge base to build a solid foundation for success of their businesses.

The Partnership knows that helping to create and support a strong entrepreneurial environment is an important way to support the economic vitality and growth of Freeport and Stephenson County.

Register for an information session

Info sessions are mandatory for participation in the community business academy. 

Wednesday, July 20 at 6 pm, virtual – Register Here

Tuesday, August 9 at 6 pm, virtual – Register Here

Knowledge of financials, legal structures, insurance and more to safeguard a new business

A network of support and accountability

Business plan development to use as a roadmap to attract funders

Tools to get you started on a new business venturemap to attract funders

Timeline of Courses

Info sessions are mandatory for participation in the community business academy

    • July 20, 6 pm, virtual meeting
    • August 9, 6 pm, virtual meeting
  • August 19: CBA Applications are due.
  • August 30: Acceptance to the CBA sent to participants.
  • September 6: CBA Orientation/Kick-off Event in-person at the Partnership office, 6 pm (110 W. Main Street Freeport). 
  • September 13: Academy begins, held virtually, 6-9 pm
  • September 20: Academy session
  • September 27: Academy session
  • October 4: Academy session
  • Checkpoint – Optional homework help, exact date TBD
  • October 11: Academy session
  • October 18: Academy session
  • October 25: Academy session
  • November 1: Academy session
  • Checkpoint – Optional homework help, exact date TBD
  • November 8: Academy session
  • November 15: Academy session
  • November 29: Academy session
  • December 6: Academy session (final class)
  • December 13: Academy Graduation (participation optional, but encouraged)

Key Industries

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Construction, Plumbing, Heating, & Service

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Private Label Food Manufacturing

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