Create Your Own Opportunities Program

Counties Served

Program Description
The Create Your Own Opportunities Program provides technical assistance to individuals who have sound ideas for establishing a small business but lack the expertise and knowledge to succeed. Individuals are provided such services as conducting feasibility studies, creating a business plan, developing marketing strategies, expanding business skills, learning management tools, locating financial resources, resolving credit problems, and on-going business assistance.

The objective of the CYOO Program is to enable participants to leave welfare or find a way out of minimum-wage, dead-end jobs and be able to look to a productive future as small business owners. The participant must have a sound business idea in mind.

Eligibility Guidelines
Must have an annual income at or below 180% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. 

Application Process
Contact Deb Wiesner, Vice President of Asset Development at 1-800-242-7334