GROWTH360 (in person)

Growth360 is a selective opportunity for business owners to participate in a multi-week session of class from 9am – Noon (dates below).

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

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: TBD
App deadlines: TBD
Notification: TBD
Time: 9:00am – Noon on Thursdays
Fee: No fee for qualified, selected participants

Apply here (applications are always open and your application will also qualify you for other SBDC services)

Pitching to Investors (Virtual/Zoom)

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: Oct 27, 2022 OR March 30, 2023 OR June 8, 2023
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Fee: $49 (scholarships may be available if you bundle with a multi-session course)

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Reading and Understanding Financial Statements (Virtual/Zoom)

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: October 18, 2022 OR February 28, 2023
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $149 (scholarships may be available if you bundle with a multi-session course)

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ScaleUP! Kansas City (Blended in person and Zoom)

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 $250,000 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 all 17 sessions on Thursdays from 8:30 am to Noon (approximate)

We are accepting applications for a future cohort. Dates and times are not yet set, but you will be contacted as soon as they are available.

Fee: no cost for chosen, qualified candidates

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Social Media Mindset: Build Relationships not Clicks! (Virtual/Zoom)

Social media can be an amazing tool for your small business. Learn how to use those channels to create content that can equal not just sales, but lifelong customers!

Dates: October 11, 2022 OR February 21, 2023
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Fee: $149 (scholarships may be available if bundled with a multi-session course)

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Startup Boards 101 (In person)

If your early-stage company has just formed a board (or are about to), Startup Boards 101 is designed for you.

This series of three workshops (attendence at all three required) helps entrepreneurs and potential board members understand the whys, whats and hows of early-stage boards.

Those selected founders will have moved beyond the startup stage, will be seriously considering the benefits of an advisory or fiduciary board and will benefit from networking with potential board members.

Spots are limited . Complete the application for consideration as a founder or potential board member.

Dates: October 10, 17 and 24
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Fee:$49 fee for founders, $149 for potential board members – pay links will be sent after acceptance

Apply here for the class