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    No matter the type of new business idea, creating customer value from your business model is crucial to your success.

Successful businesses know how to find the right product-market fit that creates this customer value and how to communicate it to their market.

This intensive course will use the Business Model Canvas, the Value Proposition Canvas, and other proven processes to identify and articulate customer value for your new business offering, whether it’s technology-based, a new product or new service. You will research your market, refine your customer segments, conduct customer discovery and use your canvas to create a compelling value proposition to drive growth. The program is taught by experienced SBTDC business coaches certified by Strategyzer and Steve Blank, in Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup.

Dates: August 29 – September 19, four consecutive Wednesdays                                                                                                                                                            

Times: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110

Fee: $199

Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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ELEVATIONLAB™ CONSTRUCTION VENTURE

 

Building professionals can create a business growth strategy designed specifically for their industry in this class. Using their current operations framework, business owners will actively work to develop a plan that significantly improves business performance. Facilitators are knowledgeable entrepreneurs who are attuned to the issues that influence the business decisions in the construction industry.

Specifically, participants will learn how to:

  • Review past performance and determine lessons learned
  • Plan financial needs to avoid cash flow problems
  • Make critical decisions on business vision and strategy
  • Investigate next-stage growth and opportunities
  • Improve operational efficiency
  • Assess current and future viability of personnel
  • Create, build and hold a strong, competitive market position
  • Lead with clarity based on future goals
  • Discuss strategic options with construction industry peers

Dates: Winter/Spring 2019 
Fee:
$649
Scholarships: May be available.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

APPLY HERE for scholarships and the class.

ELEVATIONLAB™ GROWTH VENTURE

With a 360° perspective, businesses can avoid blindspots and make smarter decisions.

This workshop introduces the GrowthWheel® Framework and participants take home tools, Decision Sheets and 30-60-90 Day Plans.

How can GROWTH VENTURE help your business?

  • Supports the decision making we do every day.
  • Supplies a visual toolkit for dialogue, focus, agenda setting, decision-making and action- taking.
  • Provides a simple action oriented process to help you grow.
  • Stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work.
  • Helps companies determine which areas to focus on to strengthen and grow their business.
  • Gives an alternative to the conventional business plan.

Dates: September 28 – December 14 (no class Thanksgiving week)

Time: Fridays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fee: $649

Scholarships: May be available.

Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

Apply here for scholarships and the class.

Financial Projections: Making’ It Rain?!

Determine your cash “runway” by learning to estimate future cash flow using historical financial performance, if any, plus customer discovery research on likely volume, pricing, expenses, and more.  Participants will learn to use that information to make educated predictions of future sources and uses of cash and analyze those predictions to make more informed decisions.  Participants will leave this session feeling more comfortable about choices related to preparing for growth, realistic loan and financing requests, how much cash they can safely take out of the business, and making affordable purchases for the business.

Dates: September 18, November 20, March 12 (2019)
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $149 (discount available for also taking Reading and Understanding Financial Statements)
Scholarships: May be available. Apply for scholarship here.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Pitching to Investors

Do you need funding for your business, but don’t know where to start with your pitch to a potential investor?

Learn the best strategies to convince investors that you are worth their money, and avoid the common pitfalls made by many businesses.

In the Pitching to Investors class, learn:

  • Investor pet peeves
  • Selling your product
  • Market characteristics
  • Competitive analyses
  • Do’s and don’ts of financial slides
  • The “ask” and the “leave”

This workshop is presented by Michele Weigand, managing partner of Focused Perspective with more than 27 years of finance and business development experience. She was the former chief investment officer for KTEC and managed investments for GE Mortgage and GE Reinsurance.

Dates: August 14, December 4
Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $49
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Reading and Understanding Financial Statements: It’s all about the Benjamins!

Learn how to identify key business information that is captured on an income statement and balance sheet in this basic financial class. Participants will learn to calculate several ratios and understand what those ratios mean in terms of business productivity and success. Leave this session with a greater understanding of how to read and interpret financial documents and how to use that information to drive business decisions.

 

Dates: May 29, September 11
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $149 (discount available for also taking Cash Flow Management)
Scholarships: May be available. Apply here.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Social Media Road Map for Small Business

This fast-paced, three-hour training course will help you develop an actionable social media plan that protects your business and shows you how to track your return on investment.

Course includes:

  • Three-month social media strategy
  • Weekly social media marketing routine
  • Social media etiquette and guidelines for businesses
  • How to audit your company’s social networks
  • What, when and how often to post on the top social networks for business
  • How to stay in front of customers on Facebook without boosting posts
  • How to use social media to capitalize on trade shows and sponsored events
  • What to do when someone makes ugly comments or gives you a bad review
  • Which analytics matter: how to track the real return on investment
  • Minimum time / financial investment required to manage social media

Dates: September 4, November 6
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $199
Scholarships: May be available. Apply here.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

REGISTER ON CLASS CALENDAR