Bad Girl Ventures

  • We invest in bold women.

    Bad Girl Ventures creates opportunities for female entrepreneurs through education, developing connections and by giving access to capital.

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  • Your startup begins here.

    Our 9-week education program helps women starting a business get the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. Plus, our top 10 finalists from each class compete for a chance at a $25,000 loan.

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We create opportunities

As an educational and micro-finance organization, dedicated to inspiring and supporting female entrepreneurs in all the key elements of their business, BGV enables bold women to build and sustain, well-managed, profitable businesses through guidance, education and access to capital.

 Education

Bad Girl Ventures combines micro-lending with a nine week business development course. Each three hour… Learn More

 Education

Bad Girl Ventures combines micro-lending with a nine week business development course. Each three hour class is taught successful business owners and professionals from the local community with in-depth experience in their fields. Each class consists of a two hour classroom session followed by a one hour one-on-one coaching session where experts in the industry spend time answering questions in a “speed date” type setting. Each nine week course is held two times a year.

 Access to Capital

While women make up 60% of the US population and earn 60% of all bachelor degrees, Ohio has struggled to find women… Learn More

 Access to Capital

While women make up 60% of the US population and earn 60% of all bachelor degrees, Ohio has struggled to find women to lead startup companies. This is not because women lack the ideas or the capacity. Women simply have a more difficult time finding financing.  In fact, although women own 50% of all privately held companies, they have access to only 5% of traditional capital. Bad Girl Ventures is intended to be a highly localized micro-lending organization focused on woman-owned startups to address this disparity.

 Mentorship

One of the most important aspects in our program is the connections that are made and the guidance that is given to each and… Learn More

 Mentorship

One of the most important aspects in our program is the connections that are made and the guidance that is given to each and every student and finalist that comes through the program.

Businesses can choose to participate as a student or a finalist

Finalists

As a finalist, you will attend the nine week business essentials course on scholarship and compete against 9 other women owned businesses in order to win a $25,000 loan.

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Finalist

As a finalist, you will attend the nine week business essentials course on scholarship and compete against 9 other women owned businesses in order to win a $25,000 loan. Finalists must participate in the application process and meet the following requirements:

  • majority women owned business
  • in business for 5 years or less
  • need for a $25,000 low interest loan
  • attendance at and full completion of the nine week course

After reviewing all applications submitted, a group of semi-finalist applicants are selected to participate in interviews. Then 10 are selected as finalists to attend the program on scholarship. Each finalist is paired with a SCORE counselor to mentor her throughout the program and is expected to complete and submit by the end of the course, a homework assignment for each class, a business plan, a marketing plan, 3 year financial projections, and a SBA loan application. At the end of the course each finalist will present to the selection committee who will determine who receives the $25,000 loan. The loan is awarded at a graduation celebrating the completion of the course.

Students

Any business owner or entrepreneur, female or male, is invited to attend an entire course or attend any individual class al la carte.

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Students

Any business owner or entrepreneur, female or male, is invited to attend an entire course or attend any individual class al la carte. Student participants are provided with classroom instruction, participation in the one-on-one coaching sessions, homework, and class materials for each class he or she attends.

BGV CLASS TOPICS
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web & social media

What do you use to market online?  Facebook? Website? LinkedIn? How do you manage Twitter and Google+?  All of these platforms can be overwhelming, and it is possible not all of them will suit your business. Examine the different online opportunities to choose which one is right for you. Build an online marketing calendar to track your digital trail.

This class builds on Marketing Essentials to establish your business’ message and brand. In today’s market you must have an online presence – this class will help determine what will work for you!

Marketing & Branding

Building your brand and marketing your business is so much more than just print advertising and promotional t-shirts. In this class, find out what tools you need to build a marketing plan that will meet your business goals. Understanding the basics of marketing can mean the difference between a thriving business and a stagnant one. Each company’s needs are different so come to this class to learn how to best apply marketing strategies! 

Cash Flow

This class will teach you how to incorporate accounting into your cash-flow projections, your financial template, and will help solidify all financial components of your business plan and will tie all of the loose monetary ends together to help make sense of your business’ numbers!

Legal Essentials

This class will cover Legal Essentials. Have you established what legal entity you want for your business? There are pros and cons that should be examined as they effect your business. What about your business name?  How do you sign contracts? An explanation will be given concerning the difference between independent contractors and employees. Find out how to address legal business problems before they happen!

There will be plenty of time for Q & A with local attorneys who specialize in small businesses.

Accounting

Whether you understand and manage your finances correctly will shape the trajectory of your business. This class will introduce you to the basics of accounting, utilizing spreadsheets, and managing cash-flow. Many entrepreneurs tend to be creative-types, and maybe you are too. Don’t miss the chance to ensure a profitable business by glossing over this information. Whether you do it yourself or you hire an accounting firm, you must have an understanding of accounting principles!

Pricing

Many business owners undervalue their product or service, thus reducing their earnings potential. Don’t make that mistake! Learn how to accurately price your service within your market and increase your profits. 

Financing

This class will explore all of your business’ opportunities for financing.  Whether you are seeking a loan, grant, or investment for your business, don’t miss this class!  By utilizing the tools from the previous eight classes, including your business plan, BGV will teach you how to find the financing you need to succeed! 

the 60 second Pitch

This class is dedicated to mastering the :60 pitch.  Every Bad Girl needs to be able to summarize her business in a :60 pitch; valuable for networking but most relevant when seeking investors!

 

Credit

BGV understands the value of a good credit score, especially when seeking funding.  The credit seminar is designed to educate students and finalists on how to improve and maintain a quality credit score.

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BGV Wants You.

no one can do it alone

It takes a team to help each Bad Girl realize their dream. If you have time to help coach, mentor or just give helpful advice, we’d love to have you.

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Support for our bad girls

can come in many forms, but one of the most important is monetary donations. Help sponsor a bad girl and join the Bad Girls Club.

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Do you love all BGV has to offer? Think it would be perfect in your city? Want to start a Chapter in your city?

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Become a Finalist

You have the next great business idea. We want to bring it to life. Sign up to be a finalist today and earn your chance at a $25,000 loan.

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Become a Student

In the early phases of your business idea, or just want to attend classes to bring your business idea to life?

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