Building Businesses & Entrepreneurs (BBE)

BBE Creates Wealth for You and the Community (video) 

Building Businesses & Entrepreneurs (BBE) is a business plan development training program for Coconino County residents. Coconino County does not discriminate on race, age, sex, national origin, religion, color, sexual preference, or disability.

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Starting a Business

It has been estimated that over 70 percent of Americans have considered starting their own business at one time or another, but most have not because they do not know how. In the U.S. entrepreneurs make up about 10 percent of the population. Interestingly, two-thirds of them had a parent who owned a business. Rather than inheriting this ability, they likely were introduced to entrepreneurship during dinner table conversation, learned, and gained confidence from their more knowledgeable and experienced family members. BBE provides a similar opportunity for knowledge transfer to you from experienced facilitators and guest speakers who have successful small business experience.

Small Businesses

Small businesses are the primary source of wealth and job creation in America. Coconino County Health & Human Services Department, Community & Career Services, a Community Action Agency, oversees BBE which was launched in spring 2007 to help budding entrepreneurs to spur community economic vitality. The program now offers business feasibility plan development training utilizing the LivePlan online business plan writing template to help you quickly translate your business idea into a viable plan. Coconino County also partners with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for training facilitation and to provide enhanced learning opportunities for its training participants.

Coconino County residents interested in this training should complete an application as soon as possible since we typically limit the training to fifteen (15) BBE participants.

Related Information

To go to our Webpage with details about the next BBE business feasibility training, click BBE Course Description

For information about our separate but related Individual Development Accounts (IDA) match saving grant opportunity, click IDA Webpage, or downloadable IDA flyer.

BBE Flyer, Application, & >Enrollment Instructions

For a downloadable BBE training flyer - click here.

To enroll for the next BBE training click here to access the application. Save this fillable PDF to your computer, open, complete, re-save, attach and email it with the other required information listed below to the e-address linked linked at the end of this Webpage. 

By your email to the contact at the bottom of this Webpage:

  1. Attach your fully completed BBE application, including a) on page 1 your residential address, b) on page 4 and 5 type-in your name & date where signatures are required, and c) on page 6 the number of adults and children in your household, those working, and their income, assets, and debt amounts. (Arizona State subsidizes our trainings and requires this data to assess the community impact.)
  2. Attach a photo/copy of the document proving legal AZ state residency per page 5 (e.g. AZ driver license, but if address isn’t your current Coconino County residence, also provide item #3),  
  3. Attach a photo/copy of a utility bill, voter registration card, or other document or official mail showing your name and Coconino County residential site address,
  4. Paste a copy of your total and sub-scores after taking a 12-minute entrepreneurial self-assessment (https://www.bdc.ca/en/articles-tools/entrepreneur-toolkit/business-assessments/pages/self-assessment-test-your-entrepreneurial-potential.aspx), and
  5. Indicate you have adequate PC and Internet resources to login to our Zoom-based, online classes. (BBE classes are recorded and available on YouTube, in case you miss a class or just want review something.)

After I receive all the above, I’ll provide you a link for you to pay online your $125 BBE class fee. Per your application, if you are eligible for our 50% scholarship you’ll pay only $62.50. 

When we have your payment you are enrolled and will receive confirmation.  Later, usually by about 1pm the day of your first class a Zoom login Web link will be sent to all BBE enrollees by our Small Business Development Center (SBDC) facilitator. 

For more information or to enroll, click here to email BBE Training Enrollment,
or contact Program Manager Scott Neuman (928-679-7463).