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Entrepreneurs 

We're making it easier to start or scale a business.

  • Productivity tools
  • Entrepreneurship training
  • eCommerce support

Our purpose is to help you create, evolve, and succeed through continuous improvement.

One-stop-shop for productivity and business development.

Anthony Ricketts, Managing Partner

Founder's Letter

Entrepreneurs can often receive free mentorship for starting or scaling a business from various community resources such as the SBA or SCORE. However, these non-profit or governement organizations lack the ability and sometimes the capacity to implement any of the advise given. In many cases, the entrepreneur must build a team to help them move their business ideas along.  According to the SBA, the most common reasons small businesses fail include a lack of capital or funding, retaining an inadequate management team, a faulty infrastructure or business model, and unsuccessful marketing initiatives.


ZERU Center can help entrepreneurs overcome the most common reasons small businesses fail. It is impossible to gurantee the success of business ventures due to high levels of uncertain. However, the center can work with entrepreneurs who are willing to research, plan, organize and evolve their ideas. 


Countinuos learning, public relations, and agile project management are our core business development practice.


We aim to increase the number of successful small business companies originating and developing in a given community. 


Countinuos learning

Effort must be made to learn about ever changing opportunities in the industries. Information can impact the success of the entrepreneurs business. Hence, at ZERU, we uncover the latest information about the industry an entrepreneur chooses to do business in. A visit to the center will help you uncover hidden market information that can be used to develop a strong business model, and strategy.


The studio access to tools that we have tested and know to be effective in helping your business grow. Entrepreneurs can use our tools to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders. Business development associates can even act as intermediaries to help you find affodable tecknology custom to your business needs.


Public Relations

I don't know your company, it's brand' its products and it's experience. Public relations activities offered by the center takes your social media strategy to a whole new level. Our practice integrates local customer behavior with real-time stakeholder outreach via social media. ZERU Center uses Meta products as primary marketing tool for promoting brands, however, other tactics such a print, mobile, and loyalty programs have their place in improving the branding and sales effort of the business. 


Agile Project Management

Agile is an highly effective tool for business development, especially service-driven offerings. Many of its principles and processes have been used successfully other companies. After all, most business development involves only incremental changes (marketing, finance or operation strategies). You don’t need a lot of thought around these improvements. Just put together two rough alternatives and try them out in the real world, where you’ll get vital feedback.


Understanding what needs to get done is often a challenge for any new business venture. Entrepreneurs must develop a scope business roadmap and not just a product/service roadmap. The center has a number of templates, such as business plans and resources that can be used by entrepreneurs to bootstrap their ideas then scale.


Entrepreneurs need to be productive with their time and efforts to be successful in business. Productivity relies on good project management to get things done.  Some entrepreneurs lack a team hence they can't really get anything done. Entrepreneurs can work with the center to rapidly organized a team and build core project management principles such as trust, teamwork, cooperation and collaboration. The center offers several team building, personal development, human resource programs, and tools that will help entreprenures grow their business.  


ZERU Center is still in its early growth stages. Our goals is to be the best business development firm for building entrepreneurs and their brands. We are committed to learning what's right for entrepreneurs and evolving the company to provide not just technology, but also practices and tools that we've come to know that works.  


See photos from our most recent business development project: Caribbean Food & Creative Designs


Want to be your own boss? Have a great idea for a business? Don't know where to start? Need help turning your hobby and side-gig into a business? Attended several workshops about business but need help taking action on what was learned? 


Entrepreneurs seeking to improve productivity, business, and brand should begin innovating with ZERU's coaching and tools.

Business Development Solutions

NAICS Classification

Core Services
541512 - Information management computer systems integration design services

541611 - Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services

5418 - Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services

541613 - Marketing Consulting Services

Membership Programs

Membership programs are paid monthly and provide access to various resources offered by the center. 


Notebooks and Digital Planners

You will receive a free digital planner with purchase of a notebook.


Registration and Upgrade

When you purchase a notebook from our store, you have the option of upgrading to business accounts by registering. Look out for the upgrade offer via email/mail.


What package is right for you?


Entrepreneurs that have ideas for a business but ... have a fear of failure, inadequate resources to start a business, and no exposure to entrepreneurship should select the New Entrepreneur option.


Small business owner started a business but … risk running out of money, are inexperience managing a business (or an unwillingness to delegate), and have poorly planned or executed marketing campaigns, or a lack of adequate marketing and publicity should select the Business Plan option.


Entrepreneurs looking to improving their productivity and better ways to organize their business, manage projects, and collaborate with stakeholders remotely should select CXiP Tools.


Members receive consultation and support for various business activities:

  • Develop a lean business model
  • Develop Business Plan and Strategic Marketing Plan for the U.S.
  • U.S. Market Research & Competitive Analysis
  • Go-to Market / Launch Strategy
  • Strategic Partnerships Identification & Introduction
  • Lead Generation & Sales Support
  • Management Team Setup and Operation Plan
  • Establish an Advisory Board & Mentors
  • Implement Productivity tools and processes
  • Up to 50% discount for products/services in our Small Business Store

Accounts can be terminated at any time subject to our terms of service.


Fees and timelines

Small Business Consulting Programs

New Entrepreneurs

$25 / mo

Business Plans

$150 / mo

CXiP Tools Only

$5 / mo

Engagement Planning

1 week

1 week

1 week

Collaborative Meetings, Training & Support

Entrepreneurship

CXiP Framework

Small Biz Tools

Lean Business Model Development

4 weeks

4 weeks

-

Business Plan Development

24 weeks

24 weeks

-

Investor Presentation 

6 weeks

6 weeks

-

Creative Content & Social Media

6 weeks

6 weeks

-

Website Development & Hosting

12 weeks

12 weeks

Hosting Included

Total Engagement Period

52 weeks

52 weeks

52 weeks

Business Set Up

Fees and timelines


USA company incorporation costs in Year 1 amount to US$1,590 and annual company costs in year 2 and thereafter amount to US$0. The average fee per engagement amounts to US$5,000, which includes USA company registration, annual company secretary services, estimate of government costs and corporate bank account setup.


ZERU Center will help to set up all the State and City licensing paperwork that follows. Participant will be provided digital space equipped with website, social media, and customer relationship services, and we assist you in setting up your bank account and line of credit.

Collaborative Services

LLC

S-CORP

C-CORP

Engagement Planning

1 week

1 week

1 week

Company Icorporation

1 week

2 weeks

1 week

Business bank approval

3 weeks

4 weeks

4 weeks

Business Internet Banking approval

3 weeks

3 weeks

3 weeks

Engagement completion

1 week

1 week

1 week

Total Engagement Period

9 weeks

11 weeks

10 weeks

New York Registered Agent Services

Under New York law, business entities formed or registered with the Secretary of State may designate a registered agent for service of process. The entity may designate an individual or a corporation or LLC.


ZERU Center maintains a physical address in New York. This is where the registered agent receives service of process and official documents on behalf of  your business. As a member, you can apply to have us as your registered agent in New York using the center's official business address. 


ZERU Center will assist you in any business contracts, employment agreements, trademark or intellectual property handlings and to ensure that members are in regulatory compliance with State and Federal requirements.

  • Business Contracts – NDA, NCA, Master Services Agreement, 1099, Corp to Corp etc.
  • Visa Services – EB5 (Investment Visa), H1B, L1, Green Card, Citizenshipo Employment Agreements
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademark
  • Regulatory Compliance

In addition, when you have some legal notice, the ZERU Center is responsible for making sure you get that information, fast. ZERU Center takes this responsibility as your New York registered agent seriously. 

New Media Marketing

Beyond Websites Development - Full Service Digital Public Relations

As a full-service agency, we offer all forms of marketing, public relations, and advertising services under one roof. Although ZERU is a public relations agency at its roots, we also offer digital marketing, branding, advertising planning and creative, media relations, and more. As a client of a full-service agency, you can opt for the agency to handle every aspect of your integrated marketing or just a few projects. The full-service agency is entirely flexible in catering to a business’ or brand’s marketing needs and can concentrate on both requirements and creative.

ZERU Business associates evaluate current marketing efforts and make suggestions for improvements, plan and implement social media or other marketing campaigns, train other marketers on best practices and suggest new content, workflows or methods for reaching consumers.


Get assistance with:

  • Website Design and Development, Hosting, Maintenance
  • WordPress Content Management and Ecommerce Systems
  • Social Media Setup and Management (Meta and Google Platform)
  • Market Research & Trend Analysis
  • Marketing and Media Planning
  • Integrated Marketing Strategy (SEO, SEM, SMM, SMO, PPC) & Execution

Traditional Marketing

Aside from their online marketing tactics, you can recieve assistance with arranging advertising, direct mail and press releases services. We will even help you plan and manage events for your target market.


  • Advertising – TV, Radio, Print
  • Direct Mail – Postcard, Letters, Coupons etc.
  • Signage/Logo
  • Tradeshow Identification, Collateral Materials and Sales Support
  • Public Relations
  • Print Collateral -- Brochure/Catalogs
  • Event Planning
  • Lead Generation and Sales Support

 

 Learn more about our digital development services.

Entrepreneurship Training

Join us weekly to go over a clear plan to get your business off the ground and learn key entrepreneurship skills.


Our training is consultative and provide several learning resources such as on-demand videos, books and administrative support. You will have access to and an awarness of popular tools for business development.


Over the period of 1 year, we are committed to helping you develop your brand image, business model, business plan, and a website. 


View Syllabus  

Partnering with Independent Advisors

Small businesses in the seed, early or growth stages use ZERU Center to aquire skills necessary for its growing and changing needs. Business owners consult with our innovation experts to complete projects or solve problems they can’t address with in-house resources. In addition, the center performs small business wellness assessments to unlock potential process improvements and financial gains. Learn more about Innovation Consultants to fulfill your staffing needs.


Small businesses have unique roadblocks they must overcome to survive. Proper planning for finance, marketing and operation excellence is a challenge but can be achieved with the right teamwork, trust, cooperation, and communication (Collaborative Experience or CX). ZERU Center help our member develope and implement strategic plans for growth and succession.


Members may receive business and technical consulting services from local business professionals, economic development professionals, students and/or faculty from local universities, colleges, and others (collectively, “Independent Advisors”). These Independent Advisors are not employees or agents of ZERU Center, and they will not be bound by our Terms of Service or the other Membership Documents or Practices. A member acknowledges and agrees that ZERU Center shall not be held liable for the acts or omissions of Independent Advisors.

About our Fees

ZERU Center will charge the following fees to provide services to a member.

  • Customer financing allows members to enroll in an affordable payment plan, rather than paying the entire price of an expensive business development project upfront. One time non-refundable Incubation Membership Fee is credited to your account. Members make incremental payments based on a membership package or as negotiated.
  • Fees for services mentioned above shall be based on number and extent of services to be availed by the members

Visual Design Solutions

We help entrepreneurs creatively improve the look and feel of their brand

Entrepreneurs in the heat of new projects often request logo development, social media content creation, website development, and other marketing material. We are able to fulfil these requests. Book a Free Business/Project Review session to get answers. Use coupon code: cxip.


Brand Identity Development

A logo is important because it grabs attention, makes a strong first impression, is the foundation of your brand identity, is memorable, separates you from competition, fosters brand loyalty, and is expected by your audience. It has to go on everything. We put it on your website, store signs and various promotional material. Our printing services are very affordable and personalized. As a go-to visual arts team, we assist you with making decisions about features of your site or product. We will help you set clear design goals for your business.


Logo Design & Trademark

Effective marketing means creating a unique identity—or brand—for your company. And nothing is more central to your brand identity than your business and product names. These same sorts of names are eligible for trademark protection. 


If you approach naming with federal trademark registration in mind, you will choose a unique, marketable name rather than a generic, forgettable one (like “New York Pizza").


Only custom made logo and names can be trademarked. ZERU Center can submit and manage these applications for you

Website Development

Do you want a business website or an online E-commerce store?
Do you want a blogging site?
Do you want to redesign your current website ?

We have spent several years in the development of WordPress, Woo-commerce & Custom Websites to create unique brand identity. We have examined a variety of E-commerce solution, and every single website is different in nature.

We are eager to build a creative, best in class, mobile-friendly WordPress, Woo-commerce & Custom Website.
• Basic: 4 Pages, Simple, Modern, Responsive
• Standard: 8 Page, Responsive, Beautiful Theme, E-commerce
• Premium: 12 Page, Responsive, Awesome Theme, E-commerce

ALL PLANS INCLUDE
• Mobile Responsive
• SEO Optimized - Meta Tags, ready to be indexed on search engines
• Some of required plugins

Our Guarantee
• Professional work with supreme quality
• Work which 100% meets your needs
• Use latest web standard

WordPress

Blog, Business, Education, Portfolio, Entertainment, Non-profit, Wedding, Podcasting, Online Communities, Forms Crowdfunding, Wiki /Knowledge, SaaS, Job Board, Portal, Brochure

Supported Plugins

Marketing, Payment, Forum, Social Media, Customer Support, Shipping, Inventory Analytics, Video, Form, Events, Music, Chat, Membership, Map, FAQ, Gallery

Integrating Plugins

Akismet, All in One SEO Pack, Amazon, Contact Form 7, Facebook, Gravity Forms, Instagram, LinkedIn, Mailchimp, Paypal, Twitter, Vimeo, W3 Total Cache, WooCommerce, WordPress SEO by Yoast, Youtube, Elementor

Our Minority & Women Owned Brands

About minority owned businesses

Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals (i.e. the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.)


NMSDC certification

For businesses seeking MWBE certification, the organization offers a relatively easy process to apply. The center will go through the following steps:

  • Review the certification criteria to make sure the business qualifies. These criteria include that business owners must be U.S. citizens, the business must be located in the U.S., and the business must be at least 51% minority-owned operated and controlled.
  • Gather required documentation including certificate of incorporation, articles of incorporation, stock certificates, stock ledger, bylaws (executed and attested), and amendments (if applicable).
  • Complete the online application, which must be completed on the website of the regional MWBE affiliate closest to your business headquarters. 
  • Pay the application fee, which must be paid online via credit card.
  • Upload all required documentation needed to finish the application.
  • Schedule a site visit and interview, which will be performed by an Innovation Consultant at Zeru Center.

The certification process can take up to 90 days to complete. Once a business has sent in all application materials, it will be reviewed by the Certification Group. If the Group approves the application, it will be submitted to the Group's Board for final approval. If the Board rejects the application, a business can submit a letter appealing the ruling that addresses concerns. If it approves the application, you will receive a notice via email.


Federal and local certifications

On top of the NMSDC certification, a minority-owned business may also seek out certification from other entities, such as the Small Business Administration (SBA) or individual cities and states in which they are located.

Specifically, the SBA offers a certification called 8(a). Businesses with 8(a) certification are eligible to win federal contracts that are reserved for “small disadvantaged businesses.” The federal government has a goal of awarding at least five percent of contracting dollars for business with 8(a) designation. While 8(a) businesses do not necessarily need to be minority-owned businesses, all companies with 51% minority ownership are likely eligible according to federal regulations.

When it comes to states, New York is an example of one that has its own Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification process. Once certified in New York, minority-owned businesses can win contracts from state agencies, boards and commissions. The state has a goal of awarding a number of contracts to MBEs. Many other states have these types of certifications as well.


Finally, when it comes to city-level certification, Chicago is a prime example. Chicago has its own Minority and Women-Owned Business (M/WBE) Certification Program. Approved certifications are valid for five years and businesses that are approved have access to bid on large city contracts. Other cities such as Austin, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, and New York City offer similar certification programs.


Rochester NY does maintain a list of Minority Women Business Enterprise

Certifications and Reputation Management

The Small Business Act, as amended by Public Laws 95-507 and 100-507, created the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). By statute, every Federal agency is required to have an OSDBU, which reports directly to the head of the agency. The primary responsibility of the OSDBU is to ensure the fair treatment of small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses and women-owned businesses and to ensure they have an opportunity to compete and win a fair amount of the agency's contract dollars.


ZERU Center is committed to helping our members aquire and maintain the necessary certifications and recognitions that can help their businesses participate fully in direct and indirect contracting.



How we contribute to your Small Businesses?

The company focuses on projects that advance entrepreneurial / personal development, small business, and economic growth priorities of its members, with an emphasis on:

  • Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • Marketing and Innovation Management
  • Financial Strategy


Starting a Small Business

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy defines a small business for research purposes as “an independent business having fewer than 500 employees.” Additionally, SBA has established size standards that define whether a business entity is small and, thus, eligible for government programs and preferences reserved for “small business” concerns. Size standards have been established for types of economic activity, or industry, generally under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).


ZERU headquarters is located in New York

In New York State, the definition of a small business for the purposes of Chapter 15 Economic development law, S 131 (Article 4-B Division for Small Business), “a small business shall be deemed to be one which is resident in this state, independently owned and operated, not dominant in its field and employs one hundred or less persons.”  The State utilizes this definition to determine eligibility for the Small Business Environmental Ombudsman (SBEO) program, the annual New York State Small Business Awards, and other services or programs.


Did you know:

New York State Small Business Profile 2018

    This annual profile from the SBA’s Office of Advocacy shows the number of small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses in New York State; business turnover (new firms, bankruptcies and terminations); employment; small business income; sources of financing; firms by industry and firm size; and non-farm establishment job gains and losses by firm size.

The Small Business Economy 2018

The Small Business Economy is an annual report since 1982, which continues to serve as a reference source to business owners, policymakers, and researchers when they need information on small business' performance in the economy.


Contact us to learn more about small business in your State.

Market Research and Innovation Solutions

For a business owner, obtaining the right insight is as important as finding the right location, getting the best price or implementing the best processes / success systems.


Our Innovation Consultant provide deep investigative and personalized support: 

  • Identifying local competitors 
  • Ring studies providing demographic information
  • Tables and maps showing consumer spending habits 
  • Finding relevant trade association or regulatory contacts
  • Locating articles written about ventures similar to yours
  • Providing financial norms and ratios for your industry
  • Conducting preliminary patent or trademark searches

Innovation Consultants, with the knowledge and experience to provide entrepreneurs with expert counseling and training. These advisors undergo rigorous professional certification to keep their business knowledge up-to-the-minute and their consulting skills sharp.

What is the difference between seed, growth and early stage businesses?

Seed

Seed or start-up companies are very early stage and pre-revenue. They are likely to be raising funds to develop an idea, product or concept. Investing in a seed company can be risky as they have a much higher chance of failure.


Early stage

Early stage businesses generally have a tested prototype or service model and have developed a business plan. The company may be generating early stage revenue but might not be profitable yet.


Growth

Businesses in the growth stage are in commercial operation with solid traction and existing customers. They are generating recurring revenues and experiencing solid growth, but still may not be profitable. 

Innovation @ZERU

1.

CXiP is a personal innovation process and a peer-to-peer collaboration application used to build passion projects. Learn about CXiP Studio

2.

Business Associates provide insight, networking opportunities, processes, and tools to help entrepreneurs solve problems

3.

Focused on helping our members become smarter, stronger, and healthier Entrepreneurs.

MEMBERSHIP NOTICES

ARCMIS Corporation is a research and management consulting firm, with a mission to be a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurship and small business development. Zeru LLC is a sub-division of ARCMIS Corp.


ZERU LLC (ZERU Center) is a membership organization engaged in small business development and promoting the business interests of its members. An affordable membership and consultancy fee is charged for finance, operations and marketing support services. Zerucenter.com is our member's community.


Arcmis Corp., and ZERU LLC (ZERU Center) is not endorsed by, directly affiliated with, maintained, authorized, or sponsored by any company or organization. All product, company and organization names are the registered trademarks of their original owners. The use of any trade name or trademark is for identification and reference purposes only and does not imply any association with the trademark holder of their product brand.


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