GROWTH360

Growth360 is a selective opportunity for business owners to participate in a multi-week session of class on Fridays from 9am – Noon beginning in June 4, 2021 through August 6, 2021.

An agreement to attend and participate in all sessions is part of the application process.

Cohort members will be chosen and notified on May 28.

With a 360° perspective, businesses can avoid blind spots and make smarter decisions. This workshop introduces the GrowthWheel® Framework with participants taking home tools, Decision Sheets and 30-60-90 Day Plans.

How can GROWTH 360 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: June 4 – August 6, 2021 Time: Fridays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Fee: no fee for qualified, selected participants

Apply here

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: October 22, 2020 OR March 25, 2021
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Fee: $49

Scholarships may be available to KCMO residents and business owners. Apply here for the scholarship.

If not eligible for a scholarship, REGISTER ON CLASS CALENDAR

Reading and Understanding Financial Statements

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: November 17, 2020 OR February 23, 2021
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $149
Scholarships: May be available for residents/business owners in KCMO. Apply here.

REGISTER ON CLASS CALENDAR (if you don’t qualify for a scholarship)

ScaleUP! Kansas City (Cohort 11)

This series of classes are for those businesses that have the ability to reach $1M in revenue or, if already there, grow to even greater heights.

This is a very selective opportunity for those that qualify:

  • At least $200,000 in revenue in past year
  • At least 2 employees with owner working full time in/on business
  • At least 2 years in business
  • Able to make committment to a 17 session class on Thursdays from 8am to Noon (approximate)

Dates: January 14 – May 13 (March 18 break)
Time: 8:00am – Noon (some sessions are slightly different)
Location: ONLINE through Zoom
Fee: no cost for chosen, qualified candidates
Contact: scaleUP@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Social Media Road Map for Business

This class is for companies who are new to social media or are winging it and need a plan of action!

Topics covered:
• Social media clarity! What really matters for business?
• Minimum investment required to manage social media
• How to create a weekly social media management plan
• What, when, how often your company should be posting
• What to do about ugly comments and bad reviews
• Most important things to track each month
• Examples and ideas
• Action plan

Dates: November 10, 2020 OR February 16, 2021

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Fee: $199

Scholarship: May be available for residents/business owners in KCMO. Apply here.
REGISTER ON CLASS CALENDAR (if you don’t qualify for a scholarship)