Frequently Asked Questions

NEWSED offers a robust set of programs, services, and support to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business. The first step is registering for our free Orientation in which you will learn about NEWSED programs, connect with other entrepreneurs, and have the opportunity to interview for our 8-week Business Basics Course. To interview for our Business Basics Course, you must have a clear and focused business idea and meet our income guidelines.

People in Household Income Less Than Income Between: Income Between:
1 $19,500 $19,501 – $32,500 $32501 – $52000
2 $22,290 $22,291 – $37,150 $37,151 – $59,440
3 $25,080 $25,081 – $41,800 $41,801 – $66,880
4 $27,840 $27,841 – $46,400 $46,401 – $74,240
5 $30,090 $30,091 – $50,150 $50,151 – $80,240
6 $32,310 $32,311 – $53,850 $53,851 – $86,160
7 $34,530 $34,531 – $57,550 $57,551 – $92,080
8 $36,750 $35,751 – $61,250 $61,251 – $98,000
Cost $50 $100 $200

Upon acceptance into the Business Basics Course, entrepreneurs pay $50, $100, or $200 depending on total household size and income. Fees for courses after the course vary and are also sliding scale based on household size and income. If entrepreneurs are unable to pay the full sliding scale fee, we encourage they pay what is appropriate for them.

People in Household Income Less Than Income Between: Income Between:
1 $19,500 $19,501 – $32,500 $32501 – $52000
2 $22,290 $22,291 – $37,150 $37,151 – $59,440
3 $25,080 $25,081 – $41,800 $41,801 – $66,880
4 $27,840 $27,841 – $46,400 $46,401 – $74,240
5 $30,090 $30,091 – $50,150 $50,151 – $80,240
6 $32,310 $32,311 – $53,850 $53,851 – $86,160
7 $34,530 $34,531 – $57,550 $57,551 – $92,080
8 $36,750 $35,751 – $61,250 $61,251 – $98,000
Cost $50 $100 $200

NEWSED verifies income to ensure that we serve our mission to assist people with low incomes to start small businesses. If you are accepted into the Business Basics Course, you will need to bring the following items to the first day of class. Please provide proof of income for each member of your household earning income. You may provide any of the following as proof:

  • Three months of pay stubs from employment
  • IRS tax form 1040
  • Letters of Entitlement from any form of public assistance (Food Stamps, SSI, TANF, Refugee Assistance Grants, Unemployment Receipts, etc.)

Yes, the Business Basics Course benefits a business at any stage. This course also helps entrepreneurs think differently about their business and helps existing business owners be more effective and efficient in their business. Sign up for the next Orientation.

We’re so happy you are interested in reconnecting with us. Due to the demand we have for our programs, instead of retaking the course, we can match you with a business coach based on the type of business you have. Contact us at NEWSED to reconnect.

Yes, we do work with small businesses and offer courses, workshops, access to capital, business incubation programs, and business coaching. The first step in learning more about our programs is to register for our free Orientation.

Great! We would love to support you and your business with our coaching services. If you are an entrepreneur who has already worked with NEWSED, please connect with us by emailing us. If you haven’t taken our Business Basics course, you can sign up for the next Orientation.

The Zone Marketplace is an opportunity for product businesses to get their products into customers’ hands. We have our Santa Fe Drive retail store as well as our online store in which a product business can sell while at the same time receiving valuable business coaching and other small business services.

If you have completed the NEWSED Business Basics Course, contact us by email. If you are new to NEWSED, sign up for the next NEWSED Orientation.

Access to capital is one of the Specialized Services we offer to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Learn more about the requirements for our small business loans. If you have completed NEWSED’s Business Basics Course, contact us by email. If you are new to NEWSED, sign up for the next Orientation.