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Open Enrollment:
Financial Foundations for
Black Women Entrepreneurs

This 6-week foundational course introduces core financial concepts and terminology, providing a solid understanding of financial statements, cash flow management, and basic financial analysis. 

It equips participants with the knowledge to interpret financial information and make informed decisions about their businesses.

Application Deadline:

Rolling Acceptance

(First come, first served)

Class Dates:

Thursdays at 7pm Central

(Aug 1 - Sep 5, 2024)

Class Location:

(Computer required)

Course Tuition:


(Due upon acceptance)

Course Details

Financial Foundations for Black Women Entrepreneurs

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The Curriculum

Financial Foundations for Black Women Entrepreneurs


Introduction to Financial Statements

You will learn how to assess the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement.


Budgeting and Cash Flow Forecasting

Create a financial plan and make informed decisions about your next steps in business. 


Financial Decision-Making Tools

Learn how to assess break-even analysis, time value of money, and other metrics in decision-making. 


Understanding Key Financial Ratios

Develop a strong understanding of profitability, liquidity, and solvency.


Working Capital Management

Confidently manage your inventory, receivables, and payables for optimal liquidity.


Course Assessment & 1:1 Advisory

Solidify your expertise with a passing distinction in this course and leverage business advisory from Casey Ariel.


Financial Foundations for Black Women Entrepreneurs

  1. Ability to read and interpret financial statements

  2. Understanding of fundamental financial ratios and their implications

  3. Skills to create and manage budgets, forecast cashflow, and optimize working capital

  4. Confidence in making basic financial decisions for business growth

  5. Strategic financial recommendations from Blaze Group Founder Casey Ariel Thobias

Meet Your Instructor:
Casey Ariel Thobias

Casey Ariel Thobias has a deep passion for educating emerging leaders in the principles of business finance. Casey graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Corporate Finance from the University of South Carolina. She is the Founder and CEO of Blaze Group, an edtech firm serving Black women entrepreneurs.

Casey Ariel started her career working within the Chief Financial Officer division of Bank of America at their Charlotte headquarters. She skillfully worked across the disciplines of global liquidity risk management, interest rate risk management, and enterprise stress testing before joining the Global Corporate & Investment Banking division to structure multi-billion dollar loans for utility companies. Casey relocated from the Charlotte office to the San Francisco office where she structured deals for large technology companies. 

Due to Casey Ariel's extraordinary skill in education and mentorship, she served as the core credit risk program instructor for global hires of Bank of America's Global Wholesale Credit division - training incoming credit analysts from the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and beyond. 

Upon leaving Corporate America to embark on entrepreneurship, Casey Ariel offered global management consulting services. Notably, she served as the fractional Chief Credit Officer of Hello Tractor, Inc. - designing a first-of-its-kind tractor financing solution and deploying more than $10MM in capital to un-/underbanked entrepreneurs across Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya. Today, Casey Ariel proudly serves on the Advisory Board of Kiva US. 

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The Ideal Fit

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How do I know if this course is for me?

It is important to be in the right stage of your entrepreneurial journey to extract the most value from this course. In fact, it's why we have an application + interview process! We want to ensure you're in the healthiest environment for your stage of the journey -- no added stress! 


Acceptance Criteria:

  • Your business is off the ground and running: You've been building for at least one year, and you're ready to take your financial health to the next level.

  • You're bringing in some serious cashflow: Your annual revenue is at least $75,000 and you're looking for ways to make it work even harder for you.

  • You've got the basics down: You've got a good grasp of business fundamentals, but you're hungry to lead from a place of financial strength.

Not quite there yet? Subscribe to the Blaze Group app and complete our 6-week "Blaze Business Intensive"!

The Application

Financial Foundations for Black Women Entrepreneurs

Step 1. Apply for the course below. Your application will be reviewed promptly, and you will be notified within 5 business days about the next step of the selection process.

Step 2. If you move forward in the selection process for the upcoming cohort, you will receive a link to schedule a 1:1 interview with Blaze Group Founder Casey Ariel.

Step 3. If you are formally accepted to the course, we will onboard you to our online learning platform and share pertinent details of your 6-week learning experience. Best wishes!

Jasmine P, Kentucky

“I love that the homework is broken up into bite sized chunks that never felt overwhelming."

Kesha J, New Mexico

"It was very helpful. I walked away with a clear idea of how to move forward in my business"

Michelle T, New Jersey

“Coming from someone who doesn’t take many courses, this is one I needed.”

The Sobering Statistics

As a Black woman entrepreneur and/or executive, you can't afford not to understand how to raise capital, run a profitable business, and secure long-term sustainability.


The percentage of net new women-owned businesses created by Black women each day in the United States. 

American Express Research


The gap that the median Black woman has in net wealth ownership relative to a single White male.

Goldman Sachs


The percentage of Black children that are likely to fall out of the middle class by the time they are 40 years old.

McKinsey & Company

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Added annual revenue of Black women-owned firms if parity were achieved with White women-owned firms. 

American Express Research


The percentage of Black women-owned businesses generating less than $5,000 in annual revenue in 2023.

Blaze Group Research


The percentage of Black women entrepreneurs who are also balancing the demands of motherhood. 

Blaze Group Research


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