The belief that owning and operating your own business and understanding how to manage your money puts you in control of your financial future caused Leah Ward-Lee and Tony Lee to write and publish $1,000 Start-Ups, 60 Business for Micro-Entrepreneurs…and How to Start Them and The Bartender’s Guide to Financial Freedom. After receiving feedback from the books, asking if there were courses, they partnered in 2018 and published each as a course.
When the pandemic shut down businesses in March 2020, Leah and Tony became acutely aware that communities that were traditionally underserved were affected disproportionately.
To provide income and reentry opportunity they began offering their courses based on the concepts and practices in the books with up to $1,000 business start-up funding to those who completed the program. This led to the formation of The $1,000 Start-Ups Consortium as a 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization.
The books are available to anyone and can be useful and practical resources for those considering starting a business.