Small Business Development Program

The PHKC Small Business Development program is a fifteen-week course designed for those who are starting or growing their businesses. It will challenge you. It will inspire you. It will force you to confront your limitations and help you identify and develop your strengths. You will be exposed to new information and you will be reminded of what you already know. You will be asked to work hard inside and outside of class. You will be asked to think abstractly; to imagine something that does not yet exist. You will be asked to think concretely; to work with data and information and to make decisions about your business. But most of all, you will be asked to make some REAL decisions. If at any point you decide that this entrepreneurial journey isn’t for you—come and talk to us. Chances are we can talk you off of the ledge;, but if you choose to walk away, understand that everything you’ve learned will still help you on your journey to wherever you’re headed.


THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. According to Fortune Magazine, nine out of ten startups fail. According to this statistic, you have a higher likelihood of being accepted to an Ivy League school than running a successful business. 


Entrepreneurship can be lonely, difficult, and financially draining. Throughout the course, we will provide check-ins to make sure you’re still about this life. If you aren’t, there’s no shame in it! There will be off-ramps throughout the course allowing you to exit and plan for the future. 


We are committed to creating a space that cultivates a strong sense of community. We are committed to encouraging honesty and transparency throughout the course. Most of all, you must be honest with yourself. We are committed to meeting you where you are and tailoring this course to your style and process.  

Finally, we want you to know that you are not in this alone. The PHKC community of entrepreneurs, educators, creatives, facilitators, and organizers is here to help you along your way.


Before taking flight, even before stepping onto the plane, a pilot consults her preflight checklist. This is to ensure that when she’s soaring 30,000 feet above the clouds, nothing surprises her, nothing throws her off her course. Read below to get a taste of a typical class and the week-by-week outline.


Elements of a PHKC  Small Business Development Session: 

  • Meets weekly for 1.5 hours 

  • ‘Putting in Work’ outside of class 

  • Guest speakers 

  • Weekly Meetings with Mentors 

  • Activities 

  • Videos 

  • Reflection 

  • Celebrating Success & Learning From Failure 

Week By Week 

  • Orientation 

  • Weeks 1-4: Foundations 

  • Weeks 5 – 8: The Core 

  • Weeks 9 – 11: Really Real 

  • Weeks 11-15: The Beyond

Class Structure 

No two classes are the same. Every week introduces something new while building on something old. Although the structure is flexible, most classes will stick to the following format: 

One and a Half hours of CLASSES 


Gratitudes and Challenges 

Putting In Work review 

Inspiration and Activities

Guest Speakers 

Video Panel 


Reflect and Plan 


    The program is 15 weeks full of small business development elements through licensed curriculum, networking opportunities, and opportunities for growth.  We will  provide assistance to all of our cohort graduates, in mentorship, and additional resources. There is a $200 fee for the program, which includes a resource book.

Lastly, once the first cohort has completed the program, we will assist in developing the PHKC alumni network where graduates of the program will be able to stay connected, network, and expand their businesses by maintaining these relationships, and growing together. 


PHKC's first Small Business Development Cohort Graduation