From December 18 to December 22, 2017, the center of business support of young people with disabilities «Uzel» together with the AuroraStar Educational Center, with the financial support of the United Nations Democracy Fund held an intensive seminar on organizing of private business and self-employment for people with disabilities “Entrepreneurship for Beginners or How to Turn an Idea into a Profitable Business in 5 Days. “
The author and presenter of the course was Alexey Ignatov – master of business administration, professional coach, and business coach. Alexey has a great practical experience in managing business projects and creating and promoting start-ups. Experienced specialists of the Center “Uzel” and EC “AuroraStar” also took part in the seminar as trainers.
The intensive program included the study of the basics of business planning and entrepreneurship, operational and strategic marketing, promotion on the Internet and social networks. An experienced lawyer Tatyana Klimenko shed light on the basic issues of business registration, and taxation. During the seminar, the participants attended numerous lectures and practical exercises, brainstorming sessions and motivational trainings. Olga Poloshovets, an entrepreneur, shared her business experience. Svetlana Pashukevich, a soap master, told the participants about the success in her business activities. Each seminar day ended with personal consultations with trainers.
The last day of the training was the most exciting and interesting. The participants of the course defended their own business projects. These business projects were developed within the five days from the ideas with which the participants came to the seminar. Some radically changed their ideas and in the process of working with personal trainers prepared completely new business ideas for protection. The jury included entrepreneur Olga Poloshovets, lawyer Tatiana Klimenko, psychologist Olga Dominikevich, businessman Denis Orlis and Chairman of the CPA “World without Borders” Tatyana Poevskaya. The participants also evaluated each other’s projects by open voting. Their votes were taken into consideration by the jury.
Thanks to the partners of the “Uzel” Center, the winners of the project competition received cash prizes to be invested in their business. The first place was taken by Denis Shvedovich from Brest. The young man presented a project describing services of a massage therapist. The second place was shared by Tatyana Dubodel (makeup services) and Eugene Perepelkin (tattoo studio). Veronika Petrusha won the People’s Choice Award. She has an idea to organize a workshop for handicrafts for people with disabilities.
Congratulations to the winners! We wish all the participants a successful implementation of their projects into reality.