Small Business Classes
April 16, 2014
Do you have dreams of starting your own business but don’t know where to go to get accurate, professional information? Maybe, you’ve already taken those first steps into small business ownership, but now you’ve hit a wall. Perhaps, you’ve even looked into MCPL’s awesome Online Business Resources, but you’d really like learn from an instructor. Mid-Continent Public Library is now offering free small business classes at several of our branch locations. These classes are designed to help you make the most out of your small-business dreams.
Your Business Plan: The Entrepreneur's Compass
Learn how to navigate the complexities of creating a comprehensive business plan. This six-week series covers product/service selection and pricing, niche marketing, analyzing economic and demographic trends, marketing and financial strategies. Instructor Karen Silins offers individualized input as you compose your new business plan.
Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers is presenting the following classes:
Basics of Writing a Business Plan
This program is designed for current and future business owners who need to know how to create a business plan for their organization. Participants will also get tips on writing style to make the business plan easier to understand and more professional in appearance. Participants will leave this session with a greater understanding of what their business plan should look like and how to get started writing one.
Building a Market: Branding Your Business
Communication is more than advertising. It involves the entire image that you create, from your name and logo, to your location and employees and the way you price your products. This class will give you the tools to evaluate your present position and determine where you want to be. Learn ways to create a positive image and build a strong brand that not only brings customers in, but also helps develop loyalty.
Evaluate Your Business Idea
"Can my business sell enough products or services to make enough of a profit to be successful?" This program will help you make an educated decision about going forward with your business idea. Working through a relatively short checklist, you will be able to determine if your idea has the potential to create a successful business. Participants will gain insight into your market, competitors, start-up costs, sales, expenses and financing needs, and identifying areas of strength and concern.
First Steps to Starting a Business in Missouri
This program presents an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. Each participant will have the opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses, learn about the importance of planning, and discuss legal structures and regulatory requirements.
Lenders and Loans: The Five Cs of Financing Your Business
Improve your chances of getting a business loan. Know what to do if your banker says no. Learn what you need to know to work with your banker: credit, collateral, cash, capacity, and character. Understand the four parts of a loan, financial statements, interest, federal and state loan programs, alternate funding sources, and how much your banker is really making.
Whatever your needs, we have the resources to help you with your small business goals!
-Amy J. Fisher
Information and Reader Services Manager