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Foundations Business Planning

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Join a cohort of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to gain all of the foundational business skills needed to turn your business dream into a reality.

Cost

$375

Duration

6 Weeks

Payment details: The course fee is $375; however, we offer a modest discount for virtual classes and needs-based scholarships are available (see below). Upon enrollment, a minimum deposit of 50% of the total is due—if you are not applying for a scholarship—to reserve your seat. We will follow up with 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.

Scholarship details: 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 up to 80% off for qualifying individuals). Request a scholarship within the online registration form. Each class offering has a limited number of scholarships and they are available on a first come, first served basis.

If you have questions or concerns, please review our scholarship page or email scholarship@mountainbizworks.org.

Delivered to tens of thousands of entrepreneurs over 25 years, Mountain Bizworks' Foundations Business Planning course has helped entrepreneurs build a solid strategy on how to go from dreamer to entrepreneur.

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Previous Learner

"The Foundations Business Planning course made me realize I could take my side hustle full time, now almost 15 years later I haven’t looked back."

Cara Steinbuchel, Founder, Cara Mae Naturals

Course Breakdown

In 18 hours over 6 weekly sessions, participants will develop key foundational business knowledge, operations, financials, research and development, and marketing strategies.

Leave the course with a comprehensive business plan, a clear vision for your business, and concrete tasks for future work.

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01.

Gain Perspective

We start by defining our business’s vision and then dive into a high-level course overview so you can get a good look at the main topics to be addressed.

02.

Lay the Foundation

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

03.

Financial Figuring

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

04.

Mission & Markets

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

05.

Get the Word Out

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

06.

Goodbye and Goodluck

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

Foundations Business Planning course dates

Find the course date that fits your schedule and location.


Online — Zoom

May 11 - Jun 22

with Melody Isis Herman

Tuesdays

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Online — Zoom

Jun 10 - Jul 15

Lucia Barnes

Thursdays

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Online — Zoom

Jun 17 - Jul 22

with Holly Rivers

Tuesdays

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Online — Zoom

Jul 20 - Aug 31

with Christine DiBenedetto

Tuesdays

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Online — Zoom

Aug 10 - Sep 21

with Holly Rivers

Tuesdays

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Online — Zoom

Aug 17 - Sep 28

with Melody Isis Herman

Tuesdays

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Register

FAQ

addWhat if I’m not sure about a business idea or have multiple business ideas?

That’s okay! Foundations provides a space to test the viability of your idea(s) and create a plan you are confident will be successful.  We welcome entrepreneurs at every stage of business development: from ideation, to start-ups, to existing business owners who want to re-visit their plan.

addWhat if I have to miss a class?

The first class is required, and we strongly recommend attending every session. If you have to miss a week, please let your facilitator know and coordinate a time to cover missed material.

addHow many participants are in each class?

Class size is capped at 12 participants to ensure every student gets the support they need.

addCan I take the class with my business partner?

Yes, but we ask that you register individually. We offer household discounts for clients who plan to take the class together. Contact millie@mountainbizworks.org for more information.

addWill I be ready to apply for a loan after completing the class?

Loan readiness depends significantly on the specific needs and goals of individual applicants. You will have the opportunity in Foundations to learn about the Mountain BizWorks loan application process, but we do not guarantee that you will be eligible for a loan upon class completion.

addWhat if the class doesn’t cover a topic I’m interested in?

If you want to dive deeper into a specific concept or cover a topic that isn’t addressed in class, we recommend working individually with a Business Coach.

addWill I get a certificate for completing the program?

You will receive a signed certificate of completion upon presenting your business plan at the final class.

addWhat if I can’t afford the program?

Financial aid is available for all of our learning programs. Scholarship applications are embedded in many individual class registrations; if not, please review our scholarship page and email scholarship@mountainbizworks.org with any questions or concerns.

addWhat are technological equipment / tools that I need?

To attend our virtual classes you will need a steady internet connection, a computer or reliable device, and note-taking material. Please let us know if you require extra support.

addAre all classes online or are you offering any in-person?

Currently all of our learning services are taking place virtually. We will resume in-person classes when it is safe to do so.

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Other offerings

Ready for more?

It’s common for students to leave Foundations eager to soak in more knowledge. If that’s you, try the Financial Series to dive deeper into small business financial management. Or utilize our high-touch coaching services. Also feel free to explore our full calendar to see all learning opportunities.

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