ARISE is an Entrepreneur Training Program that offers 7 weeks of educational and experiential immersion for both seasoned and new entrepreneurs hoping to launch and/or grow their businesses. Launched in 2004, the program empowers those interested in entrepreneurship to overcome the barriers associated with launching and sustaining a business. The program provides the necessary resource links entrepreneurs with business owners and mentors.
ARISE classes start Monday, October 1, 2018.

The following are just a few of the areas covered in the program:

Marketing Your Business
Financial Planning
Grants, Loans, & Capitalization
Shark Tank
Much More!

If interested in participating please complete the registration form below or for more information on the program please email

 2018 Winner: M. Foucher
I am so grateful for the Arise Program because it has  helped me in so many ways. I have learned SO much and all of the information has been invaluable. Thank You so much to the mentors, volunteers, guest speakers and especially Donna and First Lady. Thank you for all that you sacrificed to make this program what it is. I am so grateful to have had the privilege of taking part in this program!
11.16.17 – T. Smith
There is so much that I could say about my ARISE experience but there simply isn’t enough time to share so I’ll do my best to paint a clear picture of how much this program meant to me. This program is simply amazing and I already have friends excited to do it next round. Thank you First Lady for such an amazing program, because of it, I’ve discovered things about myself I’ve never imagined. I know now, I can own my own business and will. It was simply amazing.  Thank you.