$1,000 Start-Ups Small Business Fair Introduced New Businesses to Fernandina Beach

The graduating class of The $1,000 Start-Ups Consortium’s Entrepreneur and Financial Management Course and Grant Program welcomed area small businesses and area residents to their first Small Business Fair at Macedonia AME Church on Saturday, August 28, 2020. The purpose of the three small business fairs is to allow the entrepreneurs, who’ve completed the didacticContinue reading “$1,000 Start-Ups Small Business Fair Introduced New Businesses to Fernandina Beach”

$1,000 Start-Ups – 2020 Launch Update

Where We Started In April 2020, Leah Ward-Lee, serial entrepreneur and author of $1,000 Start-Ups, and Tony Lee, business owner and author of The Bartender’s Guide to Financial Freedom, were looking for a way to help during the Covid-19 epidemic. They decided to offer Zoom courses and up to a $1,000 business start-up funding toContinue reading “$1,000 Start-Ups – 2020 Launch Update”

Conduct A Competitive Analysis

Why Every Start-Up Should Conduct a Competitive Analysis When you’re launching a low-cost business start-up it’s tough not to be overwhelmed by the number of steps required just to get your product to market. Taking the time to conduct a competitive analysis can seem like a waste of time.   However, you have the advantage ofContinue reading “Conduct A Competitive Analysis”


Fernandina Beach Residents Tony Lee and Leah Ward-Lee are offering their courses FREE on Zoom. If you follow the curriculum and complete both courses, your business start-up will be funded up to $1,000. Tony, who has been in the service industry for twenty years, wrote The Bartender’s Guide to Financial Freedom: How to Quit BeingContinue reading “BUSINESS START-UP AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT TRAINING AND FUNDING”

Hitting A Home Run

I was catching up on the scores in the baseball division finals during the evening news one night and struck by the parallels between major league baseball players and successful business owners.  Major league players, like business owners, spend innumerable hours honing skills before they get their first “at bat”.   But it doesn’t stopContinue reading “Hitting A Home Run”