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Class Curriculum

The purpose of Entrepreneur Boot Camp is to give participants the skills needed to start and grow a business and to develop a business plan to help stay on course and get funding. This provides an overview of what participants can expect at each class session. Note: Curriculum is subject to change.

Curriculum

On the first day of class, participants will receive:

  • NxLevel for Entrepreneurs and GrowthWheel Toolbox
  • Class schedule and assignments
  • Contact information and numbers
  • Business plan outline
  • Information resources
  • Instructor bios

Class 1
Introductions
Schedule
Resources
Introduction to entrepreneurship
Understanding a business plan

Class 2
Business vision and mission statement
Marketing to the generations

Class 3
Business plan elements

Class 4
Financing your business
Small Business Administration
Small Business Development Center
A simple guide to your financial statements
Accounting panel

Class 5
Legal issues
Legal panel

Class 6
The numbers make me anxious
Technical assistance for writing business plan financials

Class 7
Market research

Class 8
Introduction to grand prize sponsor
Diversity training
Business etiquette

Class 9
Branding

Class 10
Human resources panel
Payroll
QuickBooks
Web marketing panel
Search engine optimization
Social media
Internet marketing
Podcasts/Webcasts

Class 11

Successful entrepreneurs speak about:

  • Trademarks
  • Customer service
  • Retention
  • Expansion
  • Branding
  • Exit strategy
  • ... And more

Class 12

Business plan financials final review and private consultations
Business insurance
How to create effective database content

Class 13
Speaking like you mean business
Making a great presentation to the Entrepreneur Boot Camp Business Plan Competition panel of judges

Class 14
Lemonade Stories: Inspiring Entrepreneurs & the Mothers Who Made Them
Finalize financials

Class 15
Business plan presentations

Class 16
Graduation
Winner of Business Plan Competition announced

Rules of Participation

Attendance and punctuality are extremely important to the outcome and your ultimate success in this program. Special guests are often invited to class that may/may not be on this original agenda.

Attendance/punctuality are also given consideration in the selection of a final business plan competition winner. This semester, the business plan competition is being sponsored by Sunmark Federal Credit Union. The first prize winner will receive a $1,500 cash grant plus an annual Chamber membership.

To get the most out of this program, participants are to complete assignments on time. Assignments will be reviewed by Janet Tanguay, Entrepreneurship Manager.

Class evaluation forms must be completed and turned in at the end of each class.

Janet Tanguay is available if participants need help with any aspect of their businesses, or with developing their business plans. Contact Janet directly for assistance.

Highlights

More Information

Janet Tanguay
518.431.1430
Class Curriculum
Podcast Series
Alumni
Resources
Writing a Business Plan
Grant Funding

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