2022 - 2023 B.U.O.Y. Program Announced

Have a business idea?  Want to own a business?  Want to work for yourself?  Want to turn a hobby into a business?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, and are a Monroe County, Alabama student or resident between 11th grade and 30 years of age, then Monroeville Main Street has an opportunity for you!

B.U.O.Y. - Business Understanding & Ownership for Youth

“Promoting informed, responsible business ownership education for young entrepreneurs.”

Monroeville Main Street/ Anne Marie Bryan, Executive Director, the Small Business Development Center of Alabama (SBDC)/Yolanda Johnson, Business Advisor, and Main Street Alabama/Mary Helmer Wirth, President and State Coordinator have partnered to create B.U.O.Y. – a FREE Rural Youth Entrepreneur Program.

2022/2023 Schedule

Applications Open - July 28, 2022

Applications due: August 31, 2022 by 5PM

Class Participants will be Announced on September 7, 2022

Meeting Day & Times: Mondays - 5:30 pm-7:00pm at the Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Office

Schedule Overview

Monday, September 12, 2022- Team building, elevator speech /pitch then plan, business plan introduction, demographics and market assessment & workforce development.

October 10, 2022 - BAIL team – (Banker, Accountant, Insurance, & Legal) & Certifications

November 14, 2022- Deep Dive - Business Plans with the Small Business Development Center.

Monday, January 9, 2023 – Mentors, Marketing, Resources, plus Hiring the Right Employees, & Training.

Monday, February 13, 2023– Succession Planning, Self-Investment, Market overview and portfolio explanation and more.

Monday, March 13, 2023- Pitch Practice and Review of Materials - Set Final Review Appointments

Monday, April 10, 2023 - FINAL Review before Pitch Competition

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 Pitch Competition & Awards - $3,500.00 in prizes

Space is limited. 

Recommendation/reference required (public official, employer, school counselor, instructor, mentor, etc.)

Applications will be available on July 28, 2022 - online or by request from Monroeville Main Street – Anne Marie Bryan –Office- 251-575-1457 or monroevillemainstreet@gmail.com