Entrepreneurial support group Create Campaign Inc. has expanded its staffing and programming to further advance urban startup companies in the Wichita and Kansas City, KS area.
In December, Create Campaign founder Christina Long hired Alejo Cabral, former director of talent for the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, as the organization’s program director. Cabral will be leading their new partnership with Rising Tide Capital’s Spark Community Business Academy.
The Spark Academy offers a 12-week hands-on business training course in planning, finances, and management, with curriculum and mentorship from Rising Tide Capital’s extensive network of successful entrepreneurs. All instructors own or manage small businesses and have completed a one-year rigorous training program to leverage their expertise to teach small business principles.
“ Christina, the Create Campaign team, and I are here to open up doors so other minority entrepreneurs can be successful; their success is my success,” said Cabral. “ Spark Community Business Academy is a way for us to start building a foundation of entrepreneurs that can be successful in Wichita and across the United States.”
Create Campaign’s first Spark Academy cohort will begin training on March 24. Still, they plan to host informational sessions throughout the summer and accept applications for the next cohort starting in the coming months.
Additionally, Create Campaign has hired Desiree’ Allen as operations director. With over ten years of corporate and nonprofit expertise, Allen will be responsible for logistics and administrative support for the organization and its future programming development.
Since 2015, Create Campaign has continued to take big strides expanding beyond its early workshop format to now two multifunctional, brick-and-mortar solution hubs, that both provide a one-of-a-kind small-business resource experience.