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STUDENTS


Student Stories and Testimonials

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STUDENTS


Student Stories and Testimonials

When I made the jump to become my own boss, the reality became plainly obvious that I needed to corroborate the concepts, ideas and methods that I had developed on my own, with some “tried and trued” entrepreneurial methodology and mind-set. The Entrepreneurial Edge Series “Idea to Launch” provided me, that affirmation of concepts and mind-set.
— Patrick R. Doran, Girandola Graduate

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Engineer turned Social Entrepreneur and  secures boeing grant  

The Entrepreneur:  Boeing and NASA engineer turned social entrepreneur.  

The Dream: Develop curriculum and programs to help disadvantaged youth excel in science and math.

The Reality: Designed and launched two businesses - an LLC for engineering consulting and government contracts and a non profit STEM learning academy.

Dream to Reality Steps:

  • SEAP Approved and Enrolled
  • Boeing Trade Act Approved and Enrolled 
  • WIOA (formerly WIA) Training-funding and Services-funding Approved (funded LLC formation)
  • Entrepreneurial Edge Idea to Launch Graduate (SEAP)
  • QuickStart Participant
  • Launch Lab Participant 

Global ENTREPRENEUR

network engineer turned fair trade coffee importer and roaster

The Entrepreneur: Frequent travels to India left him craving traditional Indian coffee back home.  

The Dream: Create a fair trade coffee roasting company to fill the gap for traditional Indian-style coffee.

The Reality: Planned, designed, validated and launched Khushi Coffee Company.

Dream to Reality Steps:

  • SEAP Approved and Enrolled 
  • Edge On Demand Graduate (SEAP)
  • WIOA (Formerly WIA) Training-funding
  • Entrepreneurial Edge Idea to Launch Graduate (non SEAP)

Inventor  ENTREPReneur

SILICON VALLEY STARTUP EMPLOYEE TURNED INVENTOR

The Inventor: Former silicon valley startup entrepreneur moves to the emerald city for the quality of life - and to follow his passion - motorcycles. 

The Dream: Control my day, my future, and make a contribution to an industry I love. 

The Reality: Hunkered down to design and patent a really cool something (can't say yet) that will make long distance riding even better.

Girandola Class Section and Support:

  • SEAP Approved and Enrolled 
  • WIOA (Formerly WIA) Training-funding
  • Entrepreneurial Edge Idea to Launch Graduate
  • Launch Lab Participant

THANKS. GOT IT. Take me to the Enrollment Form.

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SEAP FAQ


Here are the most common SEAP related questions we get from students and potential participants.

SEAP FAQ


Here are the most common SEAP related questions we get from students and potential participants.

WHAT IS SEAP? WHY DID I GET THIS LETTER?

I RECEIVED A SEAP ELIGIBILITY LETTER. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

Congratulations!  You are one of the (over) 150,000 in Washington State that get this letter annually. In short (very short) based on econometric data, research, and history, the ESD recognized that certain unemployed people (former high earning professionals mostly) will likely find it difficult to find a job that meets their financial goals in the same industry they came from (sound familiar?). These individuals get a SEAP letter acknowledging their potential and capacity to turn their knowledge, experience, and ability into their own job - with self-employment training. Our SEAP certified training is specifically designed to turn your capacity into a money-generating opportunity.

THANKS. GOT IT. Take me to the SEAP Class Application Form.

I love data! Take me to the ESD!

 

what are the main  benefits of SEAP?

SEAP is a unique program that allows an individual receiving unemployment benefits to collect those benefits without having to perform any sort of job search. You know how while on unemployment you have to keep a job search log and track contacts made, interviews, and related job search activity? Job searching and tracking is a full-time job in an of itself!

The ESD knows this! If you are in an approved training program like ours, you can participate in training, collect UI benefits, and NOT search for jobs.

SEAP give you the flexibility and control that you need to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship, plan your business, and even start earning income on your own...while collecting UI benefits.

  • Collect UI benefits
  • Stop looking for work
  • Create your own job

THANKS. GOT IT. Take me to the Class Signup.

I want to know more. Take me to the ESD!

     I GOT A SEAP LETTER.     NOW WHAT?

NOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR SEAP APPROVAL...

Exciting! You received a SEAP letter. That means you are "eligible" for SEAP certified training - not that you are "in" per se. Follow the same process as those who have not received the letter.

Step 1: Enroll

Step 2: Choose your Class

Step 3: Apply for SEAP Approval

Once you complete the SEAP Application form, email the executed form to us. We complete the form and mail it to the ESD on your behalf.

Business Email: girandolaoffice@gmail.com

Now you wait. It can take up to (but not usually) 6 weeks for an approval. Not all applications are approved by ESD. Hang in there and continue to complete your job search logs until you are approved.

 

I RECEIVED MY SEAP APPROVAL FOR YOUR CLASS AT THE SAME TIME A SEAP PROGRESS REPORT!          WHAT NOW?

This is SUPER common. You may receive a SEAP acceptance letter from the ESD on the same day that you are also mailed a Progress Report. (Progress Reports may come as frequently as every 6 weeks. It is a form that you complete acknowledging your your training progress.) It can be scary to get a letter from the ESD asking for progress when you haven't started yet! Especially when it affects your UI benefits. So get going! Signup.

Step 1: Enroll

Step 2: Choose your Class and buy your book.

And call me (and email) too! So we can fast track your enrollment to be in compliance with your SEAP approval.

Instructor Cell: (206) 289-0523

Instructor Email: tiffany@girandolacenter.com

THANKS. GOT IT. Take me to the Class Signup.

I want to know more. Take me to the ESD!

I didn't get a letter.    CAN I apply for SEAP? 

I DIDN'T GET A SEAP LETTER FROM THE ESD? CAN I STILL ENROLL?

Yes. SEAP is a very unique program that the US government created to provide an avenue for former professionals receiving unemployment benefits learn to create self-sustaining businesses rather than look for a job.

If you are currently receiving or are in the process of applying for UI benefits: 

Complete the same steps as those who receive the SEAP eligibility letter.  Anyone may self-select into the program - you are not guaranteed acceptance through.

Step 1: Enroll

Step 2: Choose your Class 

Step 3: Apply for SEAP Approval

THANKS. GOT IT. Take me to the SEAP Class Application Form.

 

CAN I TAKE STARTUP TRAINING CLASSES WITHOUT SEAP?

You don't have to be enrolled or even eligible for SEAP to participate in our training. That we are a SEAP Eligible Training Provider should give you confidence that our program includes all the core components you need to successfully plan, design and launch a business. Many of our students (hundreds!) are non participating in SEAP through us. 

Step 1: Enroll

Step 2: Choose your Class 

THANKS. GOT IT. Take me to the Class Signup.

I want to know more. Take me to the ESD!

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CLASS INFO


Turn your dream into reality with Girandola Academy. Practical and actionable step-by-step training to help you plan, design, and start a sustainable business. No experience required.

CLASS INFO


Turn your dream into reality with Girandola Academy. Practical and actionable step-by-step training to help you plan, design, and start a sustainable business. No experience required.

SEAP Class Outline and Flow

Entrepreneurial Edge Idea to Launch and On Demand Classes are unique. The program lasts multiple weeks (sometimes four, most often six) following a common flow separated by “quarters”.  On Demand HD Video through Girandola Academy lets you start, stop, and jump ahead to the unit that meets your needs at any given stage of your business planning and launch process. 

Q1 – Orientation, Navigating your Small Business Toolkit, Getting Focused with a Quick Plan™, 4 Factors of Entrepreneurial Goal Setting.

Q2 – Designing Your Perfect Business, Validation Phase, Developing an Advisory Board

Q3 – Strategies to the Start, Customer Value Proposition Design, Creating a Launch Plan

Q4 – Developing a Powerful Pitch, Show Me the Money, Staying Connected to Peers

THANKS. GOT IT. Take me to the Application Form.

I want to learn more.  Continue to scroll down on this page to see what other students are saying, for class details, and more!

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ABOUT TIFFANY


Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

ABOUT TIFFANY


Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

"It was clear to me when I hired Tiffany as director of the Northwest Women’s Business Center, she was already on a mission to help small businesses grow and be successful. Tiffany McVeety has been a small business counselor and mentor, small business banker, business instructor, and advocate for entrepreneurs. Her mission is embodied in the Small Business Toolkit. Her approach to business planning is distinctive and valuable. She breaks down complex business concepts into easy-to-follow steps." 
 - Jim Thomas, Founder Community Capital Development

Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

The passion and persistence you have as an entrepreneur drives your success perhaps greater than any other factor. Passion and persistence without a game plan and a rulebook can lead to a waste of your precious resources—time, money and talent.

According to the US Small Business Administration, an entrepreneur will start an average of seven businesses before they launch one that is successful. We want to mitigate your risk and help you get it right the first time.

Follow your passion. Uncover opportunity – everywhere you go!

The Entrepreneurial Edge Series levels the playing field and arms you with the rules of the game so you can play. A business is not built in a box. There are strategic steps to starting your business, a model for professional business planning, and a business plan your banker wants to see. Business design is an art, not a science. But there are rules.

Throughout the Entrepreneurial Edge Small Business Toolkit and Girandola Academy online classes, we present complex solutions—made simple—to help you design the business of your dreams and turn your passion into profit. I have spent the past decade teaching, presenting, and fine-tuning these guides through hundreds of presentations and workshops to entrepreneurs and trainers alike.

Entrepreneurs and incubator professionals from over sixty countries have been taught these startup solutions and strategies through leading business support organizations such as the:

  • Washington State Microenterprise Development Association
  • National Business Incubation Association
  • US Small Business Administration
  • US Small Business Development Centers
  • US Navy Transitional Assistance Program (TAP)
  • US Small Business Administration Women’s Business Centers 
  • GROW Washington, and others                                             

Certified for use in Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) in certain states, this Toolkit may be the only entrepreneurial planning book you ever need. Play the game. Know the rules.  

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ABOUT US


Girandola. Italian. Pinwheel. To move a pinwheel, one must only apply breath. The pinwheel signifies and entrepreneur's ability to apply their energy to create.

ABOUT US


Girandola. Italian. Pinwheel. To move a pinwheel, one must only apply breath. The pinwheel signifies and entrepreneur's ability to apply their energy to create.

enterprise Program DEVELOPMENT

We are a social enterprise that creates and publishes professional entrepreneurship training tools, methods, and best practices. Our classes and toolkits are delivered to aspiring and active entrepreneurs, existing business leaders, and workforce professionals globally.

Learn more about our ENTERPRISE PROGRAM HERE.

 

Workforce transition and Re-Tooling

For agencies seeking to train and develop entrepreneurs in their community, Girandola provides curriculum, master classes, books and cloud based training programs through our virtual classroom that result in positive economic impacts: job creation, increased assets, hard skill development, social capital, and new business licenses. We are a US Employment Security Department SEAP Certified Training Provider.

 

Women's Entrepreneurship Training

Girandola Academy provides the “third billion” a strategy and a process to become entrepreneurs or expand their businesses through business ideation, goal setting, core business principle training, business development, support planning, and access to resources in a collaborative framework online—and on the ground.

LEARN MORE OUR WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM HERE.

 

LEARN EVEN MORE HERE:

We believe in transparency in all that we do. Since publishing the Entrepreneurial Edge Small Business Toolkit in 2012 we have trained and served hundreds of entrepreneurs to successfully plan, design, and launch businesses.

 

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CONTACT


Some things you just can't do alone! Questions? We are here to help!

CONTACT


Some things you just can't do alone! Questions? We are here to help!

SEAP QUESTIONS

(425) 531-6369 / (206) 289-0523
seap@girandolacenter.com

Mailing Address

Girandola
14419 Greenwood Avenue N.
Suite A - Box 242
Seattle, Washington 98133 USA

For questions about SEAP, classroom training or online learning programs for you or your organization, please contact Girandola using the form.