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 17 – February 14, 2023 OR October 3 – October 31, 2023 (attendance at all five sessions is expected)
Time: Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Fee: $649 ($150 with scholarship opportunity)
Scholarships: May be available. Your application will be reviewed for these opportunities.

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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: February 28 OR Nov 14, 2023
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $49

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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: February 21 OR Nov 7, 2023
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $49

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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