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Cash Flow Management: 99 problems, but cash ain’t one

Turn financial statements into useful management tools, and take a close look at where cash comes from in a small business. This will help business owners see the day-to-day operations more clearly and to identify and correct cash flow problems. At the end of the session, participants will be able to identify key information on cash flow statements and follow the path of cash as it travels through the company. Examine actual case studies to identify successful cash flow strategies and find the most common “gobblers” of cash in any business.

Dates: March 13, June 5, September 18
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $199 (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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Construction Business Management

Building professionals can create a business growth strategy designed specifically for their industry in the Construction Business Management 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

After completion of the class, participants can receive free individual business coaching through the Small Business & Technology Development Center to help them stay on track to meet their goals.

The sessions include:

Week 1: Sizing Up Your Business Focus
Focus: Entrepreneur speaker marketing expert

Week 2: Making Strategic Decisions
Focus: Real estate & construction law
Proper estimating techniques

Week 3: Strategic Planning Models
Focus: Process management techniques

Week 4 Using Financial Tools
Focus: QuickBooks for contractors
Construction lending/banking

Week 5: Seizing the Market
Focus: Bonding & contracts expertise
Aligning financial statements

Week 6: Working Planning Session

Week 7: Managing Operations for Growth
Focus: Organization & operations flow
Business development training

Week 8: Making It Happen
Focus: Contracting opportunities
Participant presentations

Dates: Winter/Spring 2019 
Fee:
$645
Scholarships: May be available.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Put your business on a growth track with a FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ class targeted specifically for existing business owners who are ready to grow their companies.

Hindsight is 20/20, so business owners will use past experiences to create a framework and a plan to improve future business performance. In this 10-week course, entrepreneurs will actively work on their own business strategy with the help of business facilitators who are knowledgeable about issues that influence business decisions.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Review past performance and determine lessons learned
  • Plan financial needs to avoid cash flow problems
  • Make critical decisions about business vision and strategy
  • Investigate next-stage growth and opportunities
  • Improve operational efficiency
  • Determine if you have the right people in place
  • Develop an overall business strategy
  • Achieve a strong, competitive market position
  • Lead with clarity

Classes include:

Week 1: Sizing Up Your Business
Week 2: Exploring Growth Opportunities
Week 3: Making Strategic Decisions
Week 4: Using Financial Tools
Week 5: Strengthening the Product/Service
Week 6: Seizing the Market
Week 7: Leading the Organization
Week 8: Managing Operations for Growth
Week 9: Charting Financial Performance
Week 10: Making It Happen

After completion of the class, participants can receive free ongoing coaching from the Small Business & Technology Development Center.

Dates: Fall 2018

Fee: $795

Scholarships: May be available. Apply for scholarship here.

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

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Ice House Entrepreneurship Program 

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with a business idea, but don’t know where to start?

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program combines classroom and online course work to teach eight essentials of an entrepreneurial mindset using the business canvas process to inspire and engage participants. Hearing from unlikely, yet successful entrepreneurs, participants will learn to evaluate business opportunities from a practical method inspired by the life story of Clifton Taulbert.

This course is a revolutionary new learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. The overall objective is to empower learners through entrepreneurial thinking and immerse them in experiences that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills. With market testing, participants will use a canvas tool to test assumptions outside of traditional business planning.

Dates: Fall 2018
Fee: $545
Scholarships: May be available.
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: February 22, May 24, August 14
Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $35
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: March 6, 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: $199 (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: February 27, May 22, September 4
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