Basics of Writing a Business Plan

Start your business planning, or ramp up your game plan, with this two-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: November 17 OR December 15, 2020 OR January 21, 2021 (choose 1)
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Fee: $49



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 Development Center at UMKC’s 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: January 12 – February 9, 2021 OR April 20 – May 18, 2021
Time: Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m (attendance at all five sessions is strongly encouraged)
Fee: $649
Scholarships: May be available to residents/business owners in KCMO

APPLY for the scholarship and the class HERE

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: January 13 – March 10, 2021
Fee: $649
Scholarships: May be available to residents/business owners in KCMO

APPLY HERE for the scholarship and the class

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: November 17 OR December 15, 2020 OR January 21, 2021 (choose one)
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Fee: $49


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: March 25, 2021 OR May 6, 2021
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm on March 25 and 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm on May 6
Fee: $49
Scholarship: May be available to residents or business owners in KCMO

If you qualify for the scholarship, apply here


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, 2020
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $149
Scholarships: May be available for residents/business owners in KCMO. Apply for scholarships here.
If you do not qualify for a scholarship, REGISTER ON CLASS CALENDAR

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 Scholarships: May be available for residents/business owners in KCMO. Apply for scholarships here.

If scholarship does not apply, REGISTER ON CLASS CALENDAR

“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