Dec
19
Wed
Coffee with Business Advisers – Morning @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
Dec 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Coffee with Business Advisers

Come and meet with expert business advisers with real world experience who help local businesses. These sit downs will cover many different industries and vary each time. These advisers are here to answer any questions and to provide guidance and feedback

Free. No registration required.

Parking validation for 4th St. garage will be provided at the program.

 

Jan
9
Wed
Evaluate Your Business Idea @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jan 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

New Workshop: Evaluate Your Business Idea 

Do you want to start a business but not sure if your idea is feasible? Or do you need help gathering your thoughts into a viable business idea?

During this hands-on workshop you will learn the essential steps of developing and evaluating your business idea, including:

  • What are your options for going into business
  • How to turn your business idea into a reality
  • How to conduct preliminary research
  • Use a one-page tool in the workshop to evaluate 8 aspects of your company, including customer, cost, pricing and marketing

Key Topics:

  • Common traits and characteristics of entrepreneurs.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of starting a business on your own, buying a franchise or
    buying an existing business.
  • Assessing the feasibility of your business idea or opportunity.
  • The value and purpose of a formal business plan.

Learning Outcomes:

  • You will be able to compare your personality traits, strengths and weaknesses
    with those common to successful entrepreneurs.
  • You will learn the advantages and disadvantages of starting a business on your
    own versus buying a franchise versus buying an existing business and why it is
    important to consider all three options.
  • You will learn how to assess the feasibility of your business idea or opportunity.
  • You will hear why it is important to prepare a formal business plan if you decide
    to proceed and an overview of what that plan should include.
Jan
16
Wed
Coffee with Business Advisers – Morning @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Coffee with Business Advisers

Come and meet with expert business advisers with real world experience who help local businesses. These sit downs will cover many different industries and vary each time. These advisers are here to answer any questions and to provide guidance and feedback

Free. No registration required.

Parking validation for 4th St. garage will be provided at the program.

 

Starting a Business: Write a Business Plan @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jan 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Commit your business idea to paper. It’s the key to Success!

This class is a follow-on and companion to Thinking of Starting a Business.  It walks you through the basics of putting your business idea on paper. It teaches the basic content of what is required and gives you help in thinking through some of the issues. It is aimed at folks who have a feasible business idea and are now ready to think through all of the details. It is the information that you need to attract people, money, and clients but it needs to be written. It helps you to describe your product or service, your market and your potential clients. Going through the Business Plan process reveals to you the strengths and weaknesses of your idea and how to improve it. It gives you the confidence to sell your idea to others. This process forces you to think through the critical issues in an organized way and sharpen your business skills. The business plan will help you prepare your roadmap for success.

Note: This class is designed for those who have clearly defined and documented their business model and its feasibility as developed in the class “Thinking of Starting a Business”.

This class teaches you the key elements of a business plan including:

  • How to find important market and competitive data relevant for your business;
  • How to figure out the unique benefits your business has to offer;
  • How to position your business and develop a realistic sales projection.

Learning Outcomes:

  • You will learn about market share and its importance
  • You will learn about customer demographics and why they’re key
  • You’ll learn to describe your business strategies
  • You’ll learn the importance of describing your business succinctly
  • You will learn to create a two-year financial plan
  • How to price your services to make a profit
Feb
20
Wed
Coffee with Business Advisers – Morning @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Coffee with Business Advisers

Come and meet with expert business advisers with real world experience who help local businesses. These sit downs will cover many different industries and vary each time. These advisers are here to answer any questions and to provide guidance and feedback

Free. No registration required.

Parking validation for 4th St. garage will be provided at the program.