Next ROBI Cohort Starts January 16 , 2023


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Business Ownership is the Key to Economic Freedom

You want to break free from poverty and take control of your time and money. Unfortunately, when welfare moms work, they immediately lose access to the basic needs used to secure and stabilize their families.

The sad reality is, many of these moms make more money sitting home doing nothing than they do working. This keeps them stuck in an endless cycle of government dependency and poverty.

The good news is, the quest for "economic freedom" is obtainable for welfare moms. And, this secret to financial independence is business ownership

The Resident Owned Business Incubator (ROBI) exists to cultivate, support, and provide entrepreneurial education, administrative and technical assistance to under-resourced entrepreneurs that result in the facilitation and access to economic independence.

The average income for public housing families ranges between $11,000 and $18,000 a year. These income levels are not sustainable

A Safe Place to Learn, Practice, and Grow Your Business

The ROBI Business Bootstrap Program

This program provides under-resourced entrepreneurs, a full year of support which includes a 12-week intense classroom experience, business planning, and coaching, as well as marketing tools, networking opportunities, and a chance to win capital seed investment to launch their new start-up.

Students who successfully complete the program will leave with the following:

  • Business Plan
  • Basic Business License*
  • Professional Logo**
  • Electronic Business Card**
  • Website, Domain, and Email**
  • Royalty-Free High-Res Images**
  • Section 3 Virtual Storefront**
  • Access to Alumni Pop-ups, and Continuing Education
  • Entrance to the Quarterly ROBI Piranha Pitch Competition**

*The Business License and ROBI Piranha Pitch are predicated on the student completing a business plan.
** Marketing services are earned through attending class, completing online class assignments, and Lab work.

Let's Get Started

1. Application

Our process begins with a brief and painless application. This helps our admissions team gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the entrepreneur.


During the Admissions process, students are walked through two important assessments to ensure the business idea is aligned with students' overall capacity–we call this the business alignment process.


Students are then required to secure payment for their course. Payments can be made in full or in weekly or monthly installments made by the student or sponsoring agency. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does ROBI Cost (TUITION & Fees)?

The ROBI Tuition and Fees are $4,995 per person.  Tenants of public housing may use their TPA funds to pay for the ROBI program.  

A dollar and a dream are all students need to apply, however, full funding is needed to secure their program placement.  

Our Section 3 partners receive a 25% discount on student tuition.  Check out partnership details at


ROBI exists to fulfill an unmet need in the Section 3 compliance and contracting industry. HUD financially assisted entities are mandated by federal law to meet various numerical quotas. However, HUD rules complicate the 50-year old federal regulation and create barriers to its successful implementation. 

ROBICONNECT (our virtual contracting mall) allows HUD financially assisted entities to easily meet best efforts compliance and numerical goals.

Where is the Robi Program Offered?

ROBI is an online fully virtual online training program offered to low-income and under-resourced entrepreneurs in the United States.

Who is ELIGIBLE to Participate in the Program?

ROBI program participants must be at least 18 years of age, with access to a laptop or personal computer, and high-speed internet or wi-fi connection. 

Successful candidates are comfortable navigating the internet and have experience with basic Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)

When is the next ROBI Program Enrollment?

ROBI enrolls at least 4x per year with cohorts not exceeding 30 students. We enroll a new cohort every quarter. Please be sure to check the admissions calendar for the next enrollment/start date.

Ready to get started? Apply for the next cohort.