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Foundations Business Planning Course

with Lucia Barnes

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Dates

Thursdays
Mar 4 - Apr 15

Time

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Price

$375

Location

Online — Zoom, NC

Request a scholarship within the online registration form if you live in a rural WNC location, have a low-to-moderate income, or are an agricultural business. You may qualify for a partial scholarship (discounted rate is up to 80% off for qualifying individuals).

Each class offering has a limited number of scholarships and they are available on a first come, first served basis.

This class will be held virtually via a videoconferencing platform and will be structured to optimize community building through online learning. Class will meet every Thursday, March 4th – April 15th from 10am – 12:30pm with no class on March 25th.

Our Foundations business planning class helps guide ideas from concept to reality in a participatory, supportive learning environment.

Join a cohort of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to gain an aerial perspective of your vision and the comprehensive business skills necessary to help bring your visions into reality. Participants will gain a clear aerial perspective of their business operations, financials, research and development, and marketing strategies. They will leave the course with a comprehensive business plan, a clear vision for their business, and concrete tasks for future work.

Throughout the class, emphasis will be placed on developing the social capital of the group. Participants will be encouraged to gather feedback from their peers, creating a strong network of deep support and synergy. For more info, visit the Foundations Business Planning overview page.

To inquire about adding your name to a waiting list for full classes, contact Millie Smith, millie@mountainbizworks.org or (828) 253-2834 ext. 10

 

Registration

Complete our online registration form to hold your seat in the class of your choice.  We will follow up with you within a few days. You are welcome to contact us with any follow-up questions or ask about the status of your request.


Facilitator

Meet our facilitator for this course

Mountain BizWorks event presenter, Lucia Barnes

Lucia Barnes

Owner of Ultimate Ice Cream retail and wholesale business for over 15 years.  Created an incredible business culture with staff and community.  More recently branching out into Real Estate Sales...

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Owner of Ultimate Ice Cream retail and wholesale business for over 15 years.  Created an incredible business culture with staff and community.  More recently branching out into Real Estate Sales learning how to shift and grow while embracing the inevitable changes that come in business and life.

Additional Course Details

Course Pricing

The course fee is $375; however, we offer a modest discount for virtual classes and needs-based scholarships are available (see below). If you are not applying for a scholarship, a minimum deposit of 50% of the total is due upon enrollment to reserve your seat and will be followed by an email confirmation of your placement within a few business days.  A pay link will be included in your email confirmation for submitting any remaining class balances.

Class Schedule

Some classes have a built-in make up class for holidays or inclement weather. Attendance for all classes is recommended to not fall behind in any of the material.  Week 1 is required, but if you have a scheduling conflict where you would miss any other classes, please let us know. Additional support may be available for any missed class material.

Schedule

Week 1

Mar 4

Gaining Perspective

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We start by viewing our business concepts from a high altitude, in order to define our visions and get a good look at the main topics to be addressed.

Week 2

Mar 11

Laying the Foundation

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Next, we return to the ground level to define our lines of business and analyze financial essentials, from overhead costs to break-even points.

Week 3

Mar 18

Getting into the Flow

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In the third session, we’ll cover the financial bases of cash flow, sales forecasting, and financial documents.

Week 4

Apr 1

Mission & Markets

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Then, we’ll revisit our mission, discuss market research, and identify competitors in order to align with our target markets.

Week 5

Apr 8

Get the Word Out

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Next, we’ll discuss creative marketing strategies and give peer feedback on marketing materials.

Week 6

Apr 15

Goodbye & Good Luck

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Finally, we’ll present our business plans, share final pitches, and plan for next steps.

1-on-1 coaching

Our dreamers build stronger companies with coaches.

During or following the course, One-On-One Business Coaching may be a great way to reinforce and deepen your understanding of the topics you learn in class and relate them to your business concept.

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Details

Date
March 4
Time:
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Organizer

Mountain BizWorks
Phone
828-253-2834 ext 10

Venue

Virtual
Online — Zoom, NC