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: May 20, June 15, July 20, Aug 19 OR Sept 21 (choose 1)
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Fee: $49 (scholarships may be available if you bundle with a multi session course)

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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 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: July 27 – August 24 OR October 5 – November 2 (attendance at all five sessions is expected)
Time: Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Fee: $649
Scholarships: May be available. Your application will be reviewed for these opportunities.

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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 15 – November 10 (attendance at all nine sessions is expected)
Time: Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $649
Scholarships: May be available. Your application will be reviewed for these opportunities.

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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:May 20, June 15, July 20, Aug 19 OR Sept 21 (choose 1)
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Fee: $49 (scholarships may be available if you bundle with a multi-session class)

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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: July 29 OR October 28
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Fee: $49 (scholarship may be available if you bundle with a multi-session course)

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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: June 1 OR Sept 14
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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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: May 25 OR Aug 31
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $199 (scholarships may be available if you bundle with a multi-session course)

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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