H.BLOOM, one of the hottest online startups to hit Chicago this past fall, is generating new jobs here with its Manhattan-based program SEED (Startup Education and Entrepreneurial Development). Started at the beginning of 2011, the purpose of the program is to give ambitious but inexperienced entrepreneurs the tools they’ll need to run a business.
Some of these tools include operations training in New York City, one-on-one time to build relationships with the head of every department in the company, and weekend classes with CEO Bryan Burkhart, where participants learn about the fundamentals of running a business. The program is formulated to help people who have been hurt the most during this economy-post-college graduates.
In the future, Burkhart hopes to accomplish two things with this program. First, he expects H. BLOOM to be in the 25 top major US metros in the next few years. There are several things needed to accomplish this. “We will need 25 sharp, ambitious people to run those businesses and propagate H. BLOOM’s culture across geographies,” he said.
The other thing Burkhart hopes to accomplish is his passion and that’s affording opportunities for ambitious people. “We’re passionate about affording big opportunities to ambitious people, and about fostering entrepreneurship in general,” he said.
The program runs three to six months long. Participants also receive salaries and a chance to sign up for the company’s benefit plan. For more information on the company and its SEED program, visit www.hbloom.com.