The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training

“OUR MISSION IS TO PREPARE ENTREPRENEURS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS”.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare entrepreneurs for business success.

Vision Statement

Enhancing the talent, skills, and knowledge of innovators, entrepreneurs, and business owners to impact every community in the United States for generations.

Value Statement

Our core principle is to value every human being who strives to build a better world through business creation with integrity, respect, accountability, social responsibility, diversity, and inclusion .

CMET EBA MAR 2023

Our Story

The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training

2020 was a year of instability affecting the small business community. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, racial unrest, and an unstable economy, these businesses had been presented with enormous challenges.


Consider this one statistic; researchers suggest that minority-owned companies are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Economics professor Robert Fairlie at the University of California at Santa Cruz found that "the number of active business owners in the United States plummeted by 3.3 million or 22 percent over the crucial two-month window from February to April 2020. The drop in active business owners was the largest on record, and losses to business activity were felt across nearly all industries. African-American businesses were hit especially hard experiencing a 41 percent drop in business activity. Latinx business owner activity fell by 32 percent, and Asian business owner activity dropped by 26 percent."


Historically, the economy will rebound with a strong demand for essential products and services. These businesses will need to be prepared to meet the considerable demand of this new economy. Entrepreneurs will have to have solid fundamental knowledge of financials, accounting, marketing, sales, and digital platforms.

The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training (CMET) is a nonprofit organization focused on empowering women, black and brown entrepreneurs to start and grow their own businesses. We provide high-quality entrepreneurial training that prepares women, black and brown entrepreneurs with the skills needed to succeed in business. Our overriding goal is to prepare, connect, and support these aspiring entrepreneurs for generational success.

The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training, Inc. has developed an intensive five-day curriculum to develop or improve these competencies. We focus on preparing, planning, developing, executing, and assessing our client's businesses to achieve sustainability.

2020 was a year of instability affecting the small business community. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, racial unrest, and an unstable economy, these businesses had been presented with enormous challenges.


Consider this one statistic; researchers suggest that minority-owned companies are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Economics professor Robert Fairlie at the University of California at Santa Cruz found that "the number of active business owners in the United States plummeted by 3.3 million or 22 percent over the crucial two-month window from February to April 2020. The drop in active business owners was the largest on record, and losses to business activity were felt across nearly all industries. African-American businesses were hit especially hard experiencing a 41 percent drop in business activity. Latinx business owner activity fell by 32 percent, and Asian business owner activity dropped by 26 percent."


Historically, the economy will rebound with a strong demand for essential products and services. These businesses will need to be prepared to meet the considerable demand of this new economy. Entrepreneurs will have to have solid fundamental knowledge of financials, accounting, marketing, sales, and digital platforms.

The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training (CMET) is a nonprofit organization focused on empowering women, black and brown entrepreneurs to start and grow their own businesses. We provide high-quality entrepreneurial training that prepares women, black and brown entrepreneurs with the skills needed to succeed in business. Our overriding goal is to prepare, connect, and support these aspiring entrepreneurs for generational success.

The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training, Inc. has developed an intensive five-day curriculum to develop or improve these competencies. We focus on preparing, planning, developing, executing, and assessing our client's businesses to achieve sustainability.

The Executive Team

Joseph A. Simmons

Founder, CEO

Joseph A. Simmons is a retired pharmaceutical executive located in Orlando, Florida. Joseph started his sales career with Baxter Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, and Sunrise Medical, where he was promoted to an executive level position. He went on to Knoll, Abbott, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals in several management positions. Joseph has founded, The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training, a nonprofit organization May 2020.

Servola Frazier

Chief Creative Officer

Servola is a business strategist, author, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur. She is a spouse of Air Force Ret Colonel and child of an Army Retired Master Sergeant. She has proudly served as a civilian for the Army and Air Force throughout her career. Upon transitioning from civil service, Servola launched Motivate Enterprises LLC as A premier organization, training and development firm. She is the creator of Motivate Positive Products,  founder of Women Camp, and Empowerment Business Strategist (EBS) of Entrepreneur Biz Circle and Success Center of Brevard. Servola has over 21+ years of training and development experience, 10+ years of contracting, and more. She is a John Maxwell Team mentorship certified coach, trainer, speaker; people keys certified behavioral consultant specializing in DISC and more; CMET advisory board member & EBS, previous sponsorship committee chair WEC, previous programs committee member National Black MBA Association of Central Florida; previous Army DA civilian leadership development IPT team member, Employee Advisory Council member (EAC) Vice President for ACC-ORL. Servola’s energy is contagious! She enjoys sharing her gift with others.

Servola Frazier

Chief Creative Officer

Joseph A. Simmons is a retired pharmaceutical executive located in Orlando, Florida. Joseph started his sales career with Baxter Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, and Sunrise Medical, where he was promoted to an executive level position. He went on to Knoll, Abbott, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals in several management positions. Joseph has founded, The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training, a nonprofit organization May 2020.

Presenters

Austin Tenette

Business Growth Strategist


Austin is a Certified Executive Leadership and Business Coach with the FocalPoint Coaching and Training organization, helping leaders to unlock organizational potential to achieve better “Better Business Results”.  Austin earned his leadership stripes and global recognition, by achieving a 32% increase in operating profits in under 11 months of an underperforming business unit. Austin and team drove the unit’s revenue to $42M, with a team of, 1,700 employees and 15 managerial direct reports serving over 300 client relationships.  This journey served as the foundation of Austin’s s Executive Leadership practice, which focuses on individual contributors recently elevated into leadership roles and leaders interested in accelerating their career trajectory.   Austin also produces a weekly TV segment “Better Business Results – with Coach Austin Tenette” sharing insights with the business community on how to improve their organizational performance. 

Michelle Chenault

Owner of M Chenault Management Consulting

Michelle Chenault, the owner of M Chenault Management Consulting, LLC, is an independent business consultant specializing in the professional services sector with over 15 years of experience. She provides consulting and coaching services to entrepreneurs and small business owners in government contracting, compliance, identifying operating capital, and operations management. Michelle helps her clients identify business challenges and opportunities, evaluate business operations, and translate them into processes and technical solutions that are cost-effective, flexible, and sustainable to increase efficiency, reduce operational risks, and improve profitability.

Lionel Mosley

Founder and CEO of 4th and Bailey

Lionel Mosley is the Founder and CEO of 4th and Bailey, a leading Cloud Computing and Information Technology (IT) Consulting Services firm based in Houston, Founded in 2007, the company has a vision to help all businesses leverage the power of cloud computing solutions to improve their operations, increase efficiency, and reduce IT infrastructure costs.

Bethanie Nonami

CEO of Marley Nonami Incorporated

Bethanie is a sales strategist that empowers minority and women business owners to break 7 figure sales records faster with less effort.

Bethanie is a foodie that loves fast and loud cars and started programming on a green screen in 4th grade. She has 30 years of technology experience and spent the last two decades helping minority and women business owner

Jorge Cruz

Founder and CEO of Marketing Innovations Group

Jorge Alberto Cruz is an online marketing strategist with more than 20 years of experience. Is a speaker, coach, book co-author and founder of Marketing Innovations Group. Jorge is addicted to the ethical psychology of selling online. He has been mentored by top leaders in the online marketing industry and has helped multiple doctors and hundreds of entrepreneurs grow their businesses online to multiply their sales.

Christina Lynch

CEO of Trydent Consulting.

Christina Lynch is an award-winning consultant that has spent more than 14 years of her career propelling small businesses and Non-profit organizations forward in their industries. She has a notable track record for utilizing a flexible and non-judgmental approach with her clients and partners that has promoted the success of positive and profitable business affairs for every party involved.

Clients and partners say that with Christina’s help, their businesses have become more structured and developed. Christina brings calm to a chaotic situation and order when things are getting out of hand. This has led to countless improvements in clients’ administrative operations, bookkeeping practices, and training implementations.

Katrina C. Keys

Owner of C and D HR Consulting

Katrina C. Keys is an innovative and business-savvy HR professional with over 25 years of impacting the employee experience and maximizing people performance. In addition, she is an executive coach. Well-credentialed, she holds a Senior Certified Human Resources Professional designation, and has earned an MBA with an HR emphasis, an MA in Organizational Management, and Bachelor’s in Journalism.

Katrina’s biggest accomplishments are her two children; her daughter who is living her best life and her son who plays football for the University of Louisiana - Monroe

Michele G. Moss, Esquire

Ms. Moss has been in practice for 20 years and has extensive experience in civil trial and

litigation in Florida state and Federal courts. Ms. Moss founded Johnson Moss L.L.C. in May 2014 to focus on intellectual property and computer and internet law. Ms. Moss's intellectual property practice includes copyright and trademark registration, the preparation of confidentiality or nondisclosure agreements as well as litigation of claims involving copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement, and trade secret misappropriation.

Ms. Moss's computer and internet law practice includes claims involving internet trespass, defamation, civil liability for online content the preparation of website terms of use, privacy policies, computer/internet usage policies, and End User License Agreements (EULAs) for

mobile applications and computer software.

Founder of Johnson Moss L.L.C.

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2020 was a year of instability affecting the small business community. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, racial unrest, and an unstable economy, these businesses had been presented with enormous challenges.

The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training has developed an immersive five-day curriculum to develop and improve these competencies. We focus on preparing, planning, developing, executing, and assessing our client's businesses to achieve sustainability.

Sales

Finance & Capital

Development & Strategy

Networking

E-Marketing

And so much more

Why Us

Relevance

Today’s business environment demands that entrepreneurs evaluate and improve their business skills on a regular basis in order to increase operational efficiency and to identify new ways to produce profits. CMET provides the needed training that entrepreneurs are seeking.

Focus

CMET is focused on the core competencies that help sustain a successful business. In fact, we strive to enhance the talent, skills, and knowledge of innovators, entrepreneurs, and business owners to impact every community in the United States for generations.

Coaches

Our coaches are subject matter experts. Each coach has the practical working knowledge that will give our clients the needed insight to preserve and prosper in any business environment.

Schedule

Our programs are held several times each year. The learning is spread over 5 days and each day is filled with valuable techniques and workable knowledge to help take your business to the next level.

Application Process

CMET has developed a simple process to qualify participants. It starts with you, the client, submitting the CMET Program Application Form below. After we receive your request, we will review it and we will contact you for the program interview. It's that simple.

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Building Entrepreneur Literacy

to Win in Business

Dr. David M. Walker speaks with Joseph Simmons.

Building Entrepreneur Literacy

to Win in Business

Discover why The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training (CMET) was founded and how it supports black entrepreneurs to build business literacy.

Contact Us

Email address: team@tcmet.org

10028 Rustic Ridge Court, Orlando, FL 32832