2017 | Helius’ 2017 project provided training for a cohort of 15 small businesses located in the poorest neighborhoods in northeast central Durham; with the goal to build 30 small businesses with an average of 2 or 3 employees, all hired at a fair living wage.
2019 | LaunchDURHAM has been a program where Helius trains entrepreneurs to put together a workable business plan. In this ten-week training, participants learn how to refine their product, determine core customers, how best to reach them, create financial tools for their business, and navigate the fundraising process. By the end of these ten two-hour classes, participants have a working business plan, a strategic plan for the next year, and be on their way towards growing your business! Graduates are also eligible for our free one-year coaching program to help you stay on track with your goals, keep them connected with Helius mentors, and gain access to more specialized training opportunities!