Launch the business of your dreams with a scholarship from Ricart!

Is This You?

  • Are you a serious entrepreneur ready to take your business to the next level?
  • Does your business lack strategy and focus?
  • Are you tired of trying to figure out how to do it on your own?
  • Are you in your first 24 months of business?

The next Inspired Education Track starts in March 1, 2014.

Have questions? Read our FAQ's...

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Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur?  Turn your passion into a business?  Be your own boss? 

Ricart is proud to partner with the Women's Small Business Accelerator to provide a scholarship to send one woman business owner through the WSBA's Inspired Educational Program.

The program, which starts on March 1st and lasts 6 months, provides entrepreneurs with all the tools and resources they need to launch and grow a successful business, including:

  • Credit report and repair plan
  • Business plan
  • Growth strategy
  • Marketing plan
  • Sales plan
  • Funding advice
  • Pitch and presentation training
  • Personalized business consulting

The lucky winner will not only receive free tuition, but a year in the WSBA's monthly Business Circles program - a total value of $2,500!

Apply Now!

The contest has now closed, however you may still apply for the Inspired Education Program.

Learn more about the WSBA's Educational Program...

We understand how making a large financial commitment for the sake of your business can be challenging so we've teamed with PayPal to offer a solution! With Bill Me Later financing offers you get the flexibility to pay for WSBA's educational programs in full or spread out your payments over time.

How It Works

Bill Me Later is a credit line that's built-in to your PayPal account which let's you pay in two simple steps - enter in a few pieces of personal information (date of birth and last four digits of your social security number) and accept the terms. Because Bill Me Later is a credit line, you are subject to credit approval before you can make a payment. It is at PayPal's discretion to approve individuals' credit. The WSBA is not involved in the application or approval process in any way. Learn more from PayPal...

How do I Apply?

Please indicate Bill Me Later as your payment choice during the application process, then proceed to the PayPal Bill Me Later application when prompted.

Thank your for completing your application form. Please proceed with your payment.

Option 1: Pay by Credit Card

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Option 2: Apply for Financing Through PayPal Bill Me Later

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Option 3: Pay by Check

Please mail or drop off your check to:

The Women's Small Business Accelerator, Inc.
Attn: Mary McCarthy
403 West Main Street
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Option 4: Apply for Tuition Assistance

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Is This You?

  • Are you a serious entrepreneur ready to take your business to the next level?
  • Does your business lack strategy and focus?
  • Are you tired of trying to figure out how to do it on your own?
  • Are you in your first 24 months of business?


Are you looking to start your own business or currently in the stages of creating one? WSBA’s entry level intensive education course covers everything you need to know (and more) to develop a solid foundation for a successful enterprise.

This program is for entrepreneurs just starting out. The Inspired is an individual who knows, regardless of what others think that she has a great idea and desires to start her business of on the right foot by investing their time and expertise to develop a plan for launch and success.

Our educational programs consist of hands-on entrepreneurial development, expert speakers, dynamic instructors, and complimentary resources.

The intensive educational programs meet for a total of more than 70 hours over a 6 month period of time. With those 70 hours of training you will be provided with class time, and one-on-one hands on training experience with a buisness expert. We meet every other week for four hours, and then touch base via a one hour conference call each week.

The cost of the program is only $2,000, which breaks down to only $28 per hour of training! Financing options and scholarships are available for applicants who meet certain criteria.

Have questions? Read our FAQ's...

2014 Schedule of Classes

The Inspired Track begins on Saturdays in the beginning of March with the following schedule:

March 1st

April 5th

May 3rd

June 7th 

July 5th

August 2nd

Sessions are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are held at Think Space Columbus. There will be weekly conference calls throughout the duration of the course to ensure students are staying on track and important questions are answered.

The Inspired Educational Track Book Cover

What You'll Take Away

  • Business plan and growth strategy
  • Marketing plan
  • Sales plans
  • Credit repair plan
  • Over a dozen financial worksheets and forms
  • The tools needed when seeking funding
  • Professional personality test
  • Detailed credit report
  • Books, workbook, and supplies


Month 1: Getting to Know Your Business

Apply Now!To best serve your business needs, WSBA will first learn who you are and how you work using renowned personality tests including DISc, Strengths Finder, and Life Skills Inventory. We will also help you discover your personal financial condition with the help of Apprisen, who will pull your credit score and create a unique credit improvement plan for you to follow.

Month 2: Budgeting and Goal Setting

Once you’ve received your credit score and credit improvement plan from Apprisen, now it’s time to dive deeper into your financials.  We will bring in an accountant who will help you understand your financial documents (such financial forecasts, profit and loss, etc.) and how to create realistic personal and business budgets. You will also establish goals for your business and develop a funding plan.

Month 3: Researching

As a business owner, knowing where to find the answers to your many questions is vital. Whether it’s a simple question you can find online or one you need answered in order to complete a project, general research skills are crucial. During this month we will hear from experts and explore different research methods including how to use the internet and what resources are available at the public library

Month 4: Business Plan

Every business needs a written business plan to stay on track, share objectives with colleagues, and to secure potential lenders, among many other important reasons. During this segment of the intensive education track, we will help you organize and implement your very own business plan and strategy which is both effective and practical

Month 5: Marketing Plan

Everyone knows a business plan is important but what about a marketing plan? Just like your business plan, a marketing plan is a map used to document a strategy and coordinate goals. With our guest expert's help, you will create a marketing plan that will detail your target market, figure out to whom, where, when, why, and how you should be marketing, and how to put it in action.

Month 6: Sales Plan

We’ve already helped you discover the amount of sales you need in order to cover your planned budget, but now you’re in need of a thorough strategy to meet this sales goal. This final segment of the course will include a marrying of both your business and marketing plan to conclude a realistic sales plan.

Not a start-up? We will be launching other programs, including The Determined Education Track for business owners trying to make it work, and The Empowered Education Track for experienced entrepreneurs ready to thrive.