Entrepreneurial Academy®

Fall 2021 Dates: September 13, 2021 – November 15, 2021 


The Entrepreneurial Academy® is a ten-week course that teaches existing and future entrepreneurs the essentials of starting and owning a business.

The program is invaluable for businesses at any stage, from guiding startups in their first years of operation to supporting established businesses looking to grow within their chosen industries.

The weekly content is practical, applied and resource-rich. Over 10 weeks, students have an opportunity to learn through compelling stories of entrepreneurship, resilience, and innovation.

These instructors and business leaders share one thread in common– they’re connections for life. These relationships don’t end when the program does.

When & Where

The Fall 2021 session of the Entrepreneurial Academy® starts on Monday, September 13, 2021, and runs through Monday, November 15, 2021 (10 weeks). Classes are held every Monday night from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm via Zoom.

What You’ll Learn

The curriculum includes sessions on:

  • The legalese of entities
  • Know your numbers, accounting basics
  • Business research and planning
  • Marketing, how to get, keep and grow your customers
  • and so much more!

Taught by premiere business leaders from our community, ready to help you succeed!

Tuition for the program is $399.

  • Upon successful completion of Entrepreneurial Academy®, participants will receive a free 1-year Startup membership to the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.


  • Eligibility: To be eligible for the free Chamber membership, participants must attend 7 of the 9 educational sessions.

*NOTE: There are no refunds for this program.*

Who Should Apply?

Anyone interested! Entrepreneurial experience is not necessary to apply. This course is open to the public.


  • What is an Entrepreneur?
    According to the Small Business Administration, an entrepreneur is: “A Person who organizes and manages a business undertaking, assuming the risk for the sake of profit. An entrepreneur: Sees an opportunity. Makes a plan. Starts the business. Manages the business. Receives the profits.”
  • What is the Entrepreneurial Academy®?
    The Entrepreneurial Academy® (EA) is a 10-week long training program designed to teach what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
  • How long has the Entrepreneurial Academy® been around?
    The Entrepreneurial Academy® has been around since 1995, helping entrepreneurs in and around St. Petersburg start and run successful businesses.
  • What information is covered in the Academy?
    A wide range of information is presented over the course of 10 weeks, including: Business Plans, Marketing, Finance, Law, and Community Resources – to name a few.
  • What kind of experience do I need to apply? Do I need to have a business plan?
    No experience is needed to apply. In fact, the Entrepreneurial Academy® is a great way to learn if you have what it takes to start your own business.
  • ​Where is the Entrepreneurial Academy® held?
    Classes will be held virtually through online platforms.
  • How many classes must I attend in order to graduate?
    You must attend a minimum of 7 out of the 9 educational classes (graduation during week 10 is optional) to be eligible to graduate and receive a free Chamber membership.
  • What about the free Chamber Membership? How does that work?
    • Eligibility
      Participants who successfully graduate from the Entrepreneurial Academy® are eligible for a free, 1-year Startup-level membership (regularly $350) to the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. In order to be eligible, you must attend a minimum of 7 out of the 9 educational classes (graduation during week 10 is optional, though encouraged).
  • Terms
    Eligible Entrepreneurial Academy® graduates will receive a 1-year, Startup-level membership ($350 value). The free membership begins on the date of EA graduation and lasts for 1 year. Existing Chamber members who successfully complete the Entrepreneurial Academy® will receive a free 1-year extension on top of their existing membership. Any eligible Entrepreneurial Academy® graduate who wishes to join at a higher membership level will receive a $350 credit towards their Chamber membership fee.

Learn more about Membership Levels here.
Learn more about Chamber Membership Benefits here.

  1. Are scholarships available?
    No. Unfortunately, we do not have any scholarships available for Entrepreneurial Academy at this time.
  2. Where can I learn more about the Chamber? The Greenhouse?
    You can learn more about the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce at StPete.com. The Greenhouse is a collaboration of the Chamber and the City of St. Petersburg, which offers business education, resources, mentoring, and assistance for entrepreneurs and small businesses. You can learn more about The Greenhouse at StPeteGreenhouse.com.
  3. Whom do I contact for more information?
    If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Brittany Cagle at BCagle@stpete.com or 727-401-2162.