Almost all in-person events have been postponed or canceled and yes, many people are at home because of remote working or feeling the pain of being temporarily (hopefully) unemployed.
Mansfield’s North End Community Improvement Corporation (NECIC) is asking whether or not this might not be a good time to set the stage for success in a post-COVID-19 world. To that end, NECIC is beginning the second round of its Microbusiness Development Program this May,
What kind of opportunity comes from being stuck at home?
NECIC’s Edward Akinyemi puts it this way. It is:
“An opportunity to finally work on all those projects you always postponed because “now isn’t the right time” or “I’m just too tired at the end of the day after all that running around.” An opportunity to attend the multitude of free online courses and webinars that are currently available. An opportunity to learn that new skill you always wanted to learn. The opportunity to start and/or seriously work on that business idea that you’ve been thinking about for so long.”
The second round of the Program begins on May 4. Classes will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 PM until 6:00 PM, and will be conducted via Zoom as long as in-person classes are not possible. Topics to be discussed include the Lean Startup Methodology, competitive analysis, customer interviewing, and much more.
“Even though COVID-19 has forced us all to stay at home and practice social distancing, that doesn’t mean that the opportunity to work on your personal projects and ambitions are cancelled. Think about it like this: When this crisis is over – because surely, it will pass sometime – ask yourself this. Do you want to be ready to hit the ground running or do you want to continue wondering “what if I had actually worked on that business?”