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Helping you work ON your business, 
so your business can work FOR you. 

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Sherman Phoenix is a proud member of the Rising Tide Capital network.

Community Business Academy Students

The Community Business Academy offers entrepreneurs a 13-week experiential learning opportunity to grow professionally, personally, and with a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.


We provide hands-on business training in planning, financials and management, with curriculum and coaching tailored to minority entrepreneurs. This 12-week program is designed for new and growing for-profit businesses.

Phoenix Rising is an inclusive entrepreneur ecosystem within a community of care and collaboration. Our Mission is to create pathways that increase opportunities for small business success.


Every applicant accepted into the Community Business Academy receives a full tuition waiver worth $3,000 thanks to the generosity of our funding partners. Our students' only responsibility is a nominal materials fee and dedication to the program.


Total time commitment: 60 hours

- Weekly Class: 3 hours a week -

- Business work: 2 hours a week -

- Program length: 12 weeks -


We expect participants to attend all classes (we allow one absence) and turn in all assignments.

Materials Fee

The course is valued at $3,000, and we ask participants to only cover the cost of materials at $50.

The Program Schedule

Please Note: You are only allowed ONE absence in the program.


February 26, 5-8 p.m.


March 4,   5-8 p.m.

March 11, 5-8 p.m.

March 18, 5-8 p.m.

March 25, 5-8 p.m.


April 1,   5-8 p.m.
April 8,   5-8 p.m.
April 15, 5-8 p.m.
April 22, 5-8 p.m.
April 29, 5-8 p.m.


May 6,   5-8 p.m.
May 13, 5-8 p.m.
May 20, 5-8 p.m.

Information Sessions

Below, you’ll find a list of our current information sessions. Please fill out an interest form and register below.

January 15th | 5:00 - 8:00 PM | Sherman Phoenix

January 29th | 5:00 - 8:00 PM | Sherman Phoenix

February 12th | 5:00 - 8:00 PM | Sherman Phoenix

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Next Step: 
Attend an Information Session

Interested applicants must attend an Information Session to be considered for the Community Business Academy. This free orientation tells you about our program and allows us to assess your business needs.

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