Empowering Urban Entrepreneurs through collaboration to Change Communities
Transforming lives through Entrepreneurship by equipping urban entrepreneurs with resources, training and skills to create thriving and sustainable communities.
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Turn your passion into profit by examining the things that you enjoy doing and exploring ways to turn them into viable business ideas.
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Learn the real world skills you need to develop your idea, bring it into the marketplace, and transform it from concept to a reality.
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Access the people, resources and capital that you need to nurture your business, market it, and transform it into a sustainable venture.

"By changing Urban Culture, the values and behavior of the members therein will change; and so, the world will change."

Bishop Omar Jahwar


Community Business Academy

Bishop Omar School of Entrepreneurship’s Community Business Academy (CBA) helps minority entrepreneurs launch or grow their businesses through innovative classroom instruction and hands-on training in business planning and management.

Our CBA Program:

  • Teaches business fundamentals like budgeting, marketing, bookkeeping, and financing.
  • Has a convenient class schedule on weeknights and Saturday
  • Is offered twice per year, once in March and again in September.
  • Is safe and accessible.



Free Information Sessions

We recommend that all entrepreneurs who are interested in joining the CBA attend a free information session. Registration is required and space is limited.

Our Upcoming Dates:

  • December 2, 2021
  • January 13, 2022
  • January 27, 2022
  • February 10, 2022

We look forward to speaking with you!


Uplift Your Community

The Bishop Omar School of Entrepreneurship gives urban entrepreneurs the skills, resources and support needed to build sustainable business. Our proven curriculum gives YOU the knowledge, the network and the resources needed you to build a viable business and uplift your community.


How do I know this program is right for me?
  • Do you have a passion to start your own business?
  • Do you have a strong business idea, and experience in your chosen industry?
  • Do you own a business, but think you could be more successful if you learned how to better manage it?

If you answered YES to any of these questions then the CBA will help you jumpstart your vision of business ownership.

What's the cost?

Tuition for the Community Business Academy is valued at $3,000 per student. Thanks to our generous supporters and donors, tuition is waived for every student who is accepted into the program. All participants, however, must pay a small materials and registration fee. Based on household income, fees are calculated on a sliding scale ranging from $150 to $375. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify.

What is class like?

Our curriculum is based on Adult Participatory Learning methodology, which means that we place an emphasis in hands-on, experiential learning and reinforcement of key concepts, through guided exercises, business simulations and group discussion. You’ll be immersed in a community of entrepreneurs where you’ll learn as much from your fellow students as you will learn from your instructor. You’ll also have a lot of fun testing your business ideas in a safe space with people who become invested in your success.

What will I learn?

The homework assigned in class is designed to help you gather the basic information required in a business plan. You work actively on planning for your own business by learning how to answer the most important questions:

  • Who are my customers?
  • What should I charge?
  • What are my costs?
  • How much money will I make?
  • How can I beat my competition?
  • How much money do I need to get started?
  • Where can I get the money I need?
  • How do I register my business?

By graduation, you will be able to write a basic business plan answering these questions and more.

Who are the instructors?

Our instructors all actively own or run small businesses, and have been through a one-year intensive training program geared towards maximizing their experience as entrepreneurs in teaching small business concepts.

What do graduates receive?

Entrepreneurs who complete the program receive:

  • A certificate of Graduation from the Community Business Academy
  • An individualized Action Plan outlining “next steps” to help meet their business goals
  • Discounted and exclusive enrollment in Business Acceleration Services
  • Graduates join our alumni network of Rising Tide entrepreneurs

Qualified graduates are eligible to receive up to six college credits, valued at $3,000 towards a program of study at Saint Peter’s University School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

What are the next steps?

In order to be accepted into The Bishop Omar School of Entrepreneurship, you must first register to attend a free information session. Attendance at this session is mandatory in order to receive an application for the CBA. Fill out the application on this site and we’ll contact you with upcoming information sessions.

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About US

We uplift urban communities by giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to create successful, viable businesses.

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1401 Botham Jean Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215



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