Cedar Rapids Entrepreneur Program

Ceder Rapids Entrepreneurial Program small businesses

CREP is currently accepting applications for the second cohort. Contact us today!

As part of the GoDaddy's GoCommunities social impact program, GoDaddy has teamed up with Jane Boyd to equip entrepeneurs with training, tools and peer networks to accelerate their business journey and support their families.

The program is available at no cost.

Program Goals

The Cedar Rapids Entrepreneur Program (CREP) helping to break down barriers entrepreneurs in under-resourced communities face in starting, operating and running their small business in metro Cedar Rapids.

Unique Program Offerings

Location: We host programming at the Paul Engle Center, in the Wellington Heights neighborhood in Cedar Rapids.

Transportation: We partner with a community agency to provide transportation to and from the CREP.

Childcare: We provide certificated afterschool childcare with dinner and homework support.

Customized Learning Experience & Network

CREP engages entrepreneurs in hands-on, interactive trainings and workshops, connects entrepreneurs with specialized coaches and mentors, and opens doors to build other important relationships via a small business network.

CREP also provides a network of support to assist entrepreneurs in furthering their pursuit of learning business management skills and exploring financial capital. 

CREP is empowering small businesses to build strong communities.

Community Partners

GoDaddy, Horizons, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Neighborhood Transportation Services, Cedar Rapids Public Library, SCORE, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center-Kirkwood Community College, Source Link, University of Iowa-Tippie College of Business and the University of Iowa School of Social Work.

 

 

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Program Leadership

Lawrence Bryant
Program Coordinator
lbryant@janeboyd.org
319-364-0067

Meet CREP Participant Caleeta Berry

Caleeta Berry CREP

Caleetta Berry, a graduate of the Cedar Rapids Entrepreneur Program, opened Just Like Home Soul Food in NewBo City Market in November 2017.

She had previously worked a day job and catered on the side, but always felt called to pursue the restaurant as a full-time business.

"I want to feed your soul, with good food," she said. "I would love to get paid for what I do, and if I can bless someone with what I do? That's the best. And if I hadn't had the program and Jane Boyd, I wouldn't be here."

With the help of Jane Boyd and GoDaddy through CREP, Caleetta gained the support, networking and tools she needed to open the business full time.

She now specializes in soulful food, including macaroni and cheese, red beans and rice, catfish and fried chicken.

“The CREP program is very beneficial,” Berry said. “It gives you all the tools and resources to get anywhere you need to be. And when you’re done? You can’t sit on your bum, because you have to use the tools and access the mentors.”

Just Like Home Soul Food can be found in the NewBo City Market, 1100 3rd St. SE in Cedar Rapids. The market is open Thursday through Sunday.

See local media coverage of Berry here.

You Can Help

Our mission is to enhance the academic, emotional and social wellbeing of children and families in our diverse community with programs focused on developing successful and productive adults.

You can make a difference by partnering with Jane Boyd. Contact us to find out how.

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