The Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program

The Silver Jacket Program is designed to take a recent fashion student, brand new fashion business or struggling fashion entrepreneur from their fashion business concept to their fashion business LAUNCH! This 12-week curriculum walks fashion artists, students and entrepreneurs through the many steps it takes to create a solid entry level foundation before launching your business. Before you can hire people, you’re on your own, so this curriculum is designed for the realistic, entry level scenario of a sole proprietor needing to wear the many hats it takes to get started on the entrepreneur journey.

BEFORE YOU APPLY, YOU NEED...

- to be a newly graduated fashion student, someone starting a brand new fashion business or a current struggling fashion entrepreneur.

- to be able to dedicate 2-3 hours a week at weekly session with instructors and co-facilitators.

- to be able to dedicate up to 15 hours per week, on your own outside of program sessions.

- a laptop that can run graphic design software, accounting software and other software that will aid in building your business. (MAC Preferred).

- photoshop. (Please specify in application if you do not currently have photoshop. Should you be chosen for the program, we will help you acquire this software.)

- QuickBooks. (Make sure it is compatible for your laptop. There are different versions for PC and MAC. MAC preferred.) (Please specify in application if you do not currently have QuickBooks. Should you be chosen for the program, we will help you acquire this software.)

- a jean jacket.

- to commit to attend and actively participate in all 12 consecutive sessions.

- to commit to attend (and be featured) at TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ in October.

COURSE LENGTH:

12 consecutive weeks (11 sessions & 1 graduation ceremony/showcase)

2020 DATES:

March 2020 – May 2020 / Featured Break-Out Business at TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ October 2020

COURSE DAY:

Tuesdays

COURSE TIME:

5:30pm-8pm

CLASS SIZE:

up to 20 students

APPLICATION COST:

$50 non-refundable fee 

PROGRAM COST:

$599 ($199 non-refundable deposit to hold your slot once you are awarded an opportunity to become a 2020 Silver Jacket. Payment Options available for your balance.)  

INSTRUCTORS:

Sessions are taught by carefully curated, successful business owners and educators who are experts in their field and will offer exclusive insider advice and resources on how to grow your business. These professionals have a proven track record of continually growing their company and have demonstrated a true passion for helping you, the next generation of fashion businesses in Texas.

PROGRAM LOCATION:

All sessions will be held at Maestro Entrepreneur Center on 1811 S. Laredo St. in San Antonio, TX 78207. 

PARKING:

Free, safe parking onsite for participants in the program.

EFFORT:

2-3 hours a week at session with instructors and co-facilitators. Homework time = up to 15 hours per week, on your own.

SESSION FORMAT:

in person workshops. 

SILVER JACKET COST:

All silver jacket sudetns tht meet certain criteria will upgrade their entry level denimjacket to the TFII Silver Jacket on stage at the TEXAS FASHION AWARDS™ during TEXAS FASHION WEEK™. These jackets are custom made and locally created by a Texas brand and in turn serve the TFII mission of supporting Texas fashion industry. They support local business at around $300 average. Payment option available.

KEY PROGRAM SKILL TAKEAWAYS

  • Business Launch Prep Section 1: The Brand – Start off right with brand basics and a clear vision for your company long term.
  • Business Launch Prep Section 2: The Legal – An overview of the legal considerations relating to business in general and the fashion industry in particular, including discussions about branding and trademarking, creating a legal entity as a company, and treacherous contract terms.
  • Business Launch Prep Section 3: The Money – Crash course in QuickBooks, gain accounting knowledge, build a customer profile and more.
  • Business Launch Prep Section 4: The Graphic Design – Photoshop basics so you never have to wait on favors again.
  • Business Launch Prep Section 5: The Website – You will build your website and learn how to maintain it – by yourself.
  • Business Launch Prep Section 6: The Marketing – Gain marketing basics, build stronger social media, online strategies and more.
  • Business Launch Prep Section 7: The Public Relations – Learn how to write a press release and receive an email list of press to contact. Also learn how to communicate to media correctly and more professionally. Get their attention the right way.
  • Business Launch Celebration: Ones-To-Watch Event, hosted by the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative and Maestro Entrepreneur Center.
  • Have your Break-Out-Business Moment at TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ in October – You and your business will be featured at the city’s official fashion week and be awarded your Silver Jacket on stage at the San Antonio Fashion Awards™.
Details about the curriculum can be attained by Texas Fashion Industry Initiative staff. Please contact us. Representatives are standing by.

Deadline to apply
Next Dates Coming Soon

NEED MORE INFO:

Should you need more information, please submit your inquiry via our website Contact Page. Someone will contact you shortly after.

WHAT'S NEXT?

As a Silver Jacket we strive to support your ongoing success. Upon completion of the Silver Jacket launch sessions, a successful business launch and several months of sales data, you will have exclusive opportunity to move onto the Maestro Accelerator Program. This is highly encouraged. MEC Cohort Program runs Aug. 25th-Nov. 10th and will serve as your next step into building a strong fashion business. 

The Maestro’s Entrepreneurship 12 Week Cohort Program is an intensive accelerator program for small businesses. The program is taught by successful business owners sharing their expert advice on how to grow your business. 

It is important to launch, but equally as important to accelerate. We look forward to this new era of Texas fashion industry advocacy and can not wait to hear from you!

Good Luck to everyone.