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About The Small Business Cohort

Join the Small Business Cohort, a 12-week mentorship and training program of our Learn and Earn Fellowship, where the entrepreneurial landscape is shaped by thought-leaders. Delve into strategic thinking, influential leadership, and seasoned guidance. Fuel your drive with determination, drawing wisdom from pioneers and resilience from accomplished leaders. This space accelerates business mastery, shapes industry perspectives, and propels you as a pioneering entrepreneur. It's where aspiring business leaders converge under mentorship and pursue success.

The Small Business Cohort provides a well-rounded approach to small business management and entrepreneurship. Participants will engage in hands-on workshops covering planning, finance, marketing, and operations. Emphasis on fostering entrepreneurial spirit and leadership ensures a practical experience.

Location and Date of Program:

  • Fellowship Cohort Start Date:

    • Feb 28th - May 15th, 2024

    • 12-Week Mentorship Cohort

  • Every TUESDAY, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  • This is an IN-PERSON Cohort.

  • Location: XIA Gallery & Cafe,

422 University Ave W. Suite 14,

St Paul MN 55103

Program Eligibility:

  • Looking to start a business within the next 12 months OR already owns an established and/or existing business​​

  • Must be a resident of Minnesota ​​

  • Must be at least 18+ years and older

  • Must be able to attend all evening workshops

Application Opening & Deadline:

  • Application Opens: Monday, January 8th, 2024

  • Application Closes: Sunday, February 11th, 2024

  • Applicant Updates: Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

Stipend and Eligibility:

  • Stipend: Each fellow will receive a stipend of $1,000 upon successful completion of the fellowship.

  • Eligibility Criteria: Applicants should either be planning to start a business within the next 12 months or already own an established business.

  • Residency: Applicants must be residents of Minnesota, with priority given to those from Ramsey County.

  • Attendance: All participants should commit to attending all evening workshops.

Application Selection Process:

All applicants will be awarded based on eligibility and their application. All eligible applicants will be selected by the staff of Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA). 

Any Questions or Concerns:

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at and we will get back to you soon as we can. 

Application Deadline:
February, 13th, 2024

Limited spots available! Enroll today to kickstart your business journey with the Learn and Earn Program.

The Small
Business Cohort

The Small Business Cohort, 12-week mentorship, offers an empowering sanctuary for emerging entrepreneurs embarking on their journey. Join us to gain insights, mentorship, and pivotal skills essential for steering your business to triumph. Let's unite in laying the groundwork for your entrepreneurial journey. Please complete the questionnaire below to apply for this cohort.

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Do you live in Ramsey County?

Enter Your Business Information

Additional Information (Optional):

Please upload your written response (500 words max each question)

  • Tell us about yourself.

  • Tell us about your business and/or idea.

    • What is the mission & vision of your business.

  • Why do you want to start, expand, and/or further your business?

  • Why is this fellowship important to you and your business?

  • Why should you be a part of this cohort?

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Supported by Ramsey County and Saint Paul through the American Rescue Plan Act.

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