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Basics of Writing a Business Plan

Start your business planning, or ramp up your game plan, with this three-hour class on Basics of Writing a Business Plan. Designed for current and aspiring business owners, this class is perfect for entrepreneurs who need to create a business plan, but have little or no knowledge of how to get started. Learn the key elements of a basic plan and how it can be a useful management tool.

Participants will get tips and guidelines on writing styles and formats that produce polished, professional plans. Business counselors will facilitate class discussions to help participants consider individual situations, opportunities and additional valuable resources.

Dates: June 19, July 24, August 23, September 25
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $49
Scholarships: May be available for dislocated (unemployed or laid-off) workers. Apply for scholarship here.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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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: Aug 29 – Sept 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 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

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™ NEW VENTURE

Do you dream of owning your own business? Are you ready for a realistic perspective on whether or not people really want to buy what you want to sell?

This program helps aspiring entrepreneurs look at all aspects of their business idea, exploring the feasibility of their new venture and learning how to develop a viable business. This business creation program is fast-paced, interactive, fun and energizing.

The Small Business & Technology Development Center at UMKC ELEVATIONLAB™ offers the program in an accelerated time frame to let potential entrepreneurs get started with their businesses as soon as possible. Guest speakers and entrepreneurs bring their real-world experience to make topics come alive.

Participants develop their businesses through the group activities and coaching from professional business counselors. The class materials include FastTrac, GrowthWheel® and other elements with step-by-step activities and in-depth information. You don’t just learn about business, you work on your own business venture throughout the program.

Dates: July 31 – August 28
Time: Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m (attendance at all five sessions is strongly encouraged)
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $649
Scholarships: May be available.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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Entrepreneurial Mindset Training

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

This 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: September 10 – November 5 – Monday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $649
Scholarships: May be available.
Contact: elevationlab@umkc.edu 816-235-6063

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 Financial Projections: Makin’ 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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First Steps to Starting a Business

Are you looking for the basics of starting a new business? This three-hour class provides a quick overview of the critical first steps needed to start a business.

Participants learn to assess their strengths and weaknesses in terms of business ownership, and the importance of planning, meeting legal and regulatory requirements and identifying sources of financing.

Topics include:

  • Basics of business ownership and planning
  • Forms of business ownership and other regulatory issues
  • Marketing and financing
  • Business resources and training opportunities
  • Determining if business ownership is for you

Date: June 19, July 24, August 23, September 25
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $49
Scholarships: Limited scholarships are available for dislocated (unemployed or laid-off) workers. 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: September 11, November 13, March 5 (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 Financial Projections)
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

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Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps

If you have a product or service that the government might purchase, learn the critical first steps in winning government contracts. The Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MO PTAC) hosts a monthly seminar on how to get started in the government contracting arena including federal, state and local government registrations and certifications. The seminar covers MO PTAC services available to assist Missouri businesses in all aspects of government contracting. The Missouri PTAC seminar is available to Missouri based businesses every month.

Dates: June 7, July 12, August 2
Times: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Fee: $50
Contact: cunninghammic@umkc.edu 816-235-2891

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“WOW! Rebecca Gubbels is an outstanding facilitator. She is a great person to have working with you in this phase of the Kauffman FastTrac® NewVenture program. Her knowledge of the subject is exceptional. She was, by far, the value added to this program.”

Diane Walton Jones, MSM, CEO, President DWJ Learning Logistics, LLC