NxLeveL™ For Entrepreneurs-Are You Ready To Take Your Business To The Next Level?Missoula 3/02- 5/18

We are extending the start date for the NxLeveL course to March 2.

We still have room for 8 more students.

2004-03-02 18:30:00
Missoula Chamber of Commerce – 825 E. Front Street

The MCDC Small Business Development Center has teamed together with local banks and business sponsors to bring you the NxLeveL™ business training program.

What is NxLeveL™ For Entrepreneurs?

NxLeveL™ Entrepreneurial Training is a 12-week course focused on advanced business principles and strategies. It is designed for entrepreneurs who wish to start a new venture, overhaul and expand their business, or take their business in a new direction.

Benefits to You:

• Insight from local business experts, entrepreneurs, and instructors

• Practical business coaching to help you grow your business

• Complete and detailed business plan to use as a management tool

• Excellent textbook, workbook and resource guide

• Networking opportunities with other business owners

Where: Missoula Chamber of Commerce – 825 E. Front Street

Course Fee: $325 includes all course materials, refreshments, and graduation event.

Scholarships: Partial Scholarships may be available for businesses involved in agriculture-related
products and registered DBE businesses.

Pre-registration is required.
To enroll, please contact:

Steve Grover, Director ()

Small Business Development Center
Montana Community Development Corp.

110 East Broadway, Second Floor

Missoula, MT 59802

Tel 406 728-9234 Ext. 206

Fax 406 542-6671

Session Outline – Each Session will run from 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Feb 24 Introduction, overview & entrepreneurship
Gain an understanding of the NxLeveL™ Business Plan, and begin to develop the business mission statement, goals and objectives

Mar 02 Organizational matters: management & legal structure
Explore legal and organizational topics including: legal structures, government taxes and regulations, risk management and employee issues

Mar 09 Planning & research: entrepreneurial essentials
Begin market/industry research through identification and usage of research resources

Mar 16 Marketing—“behind the scenes”: analysis & understanding
Learn key concepts of analyzing your market including customer profiling and competitive analysis

Mar 23 Marketing—“on stage”: strategies, tactics & implementation
Develop marketing strategies around the product, pricing, promotion and distribution elements of your business

Mar 30 Financial overview: books, records & controls
Gain an understanding of Basic Financial Statements, Analysis & Operations Controls in your business.

Apr 06 Managing your money: financial planning, budgets & assumptions
Understand how to develop and derive feedback from budgets

Apr 13 Managing your money: developing and using cash flow projections
Learn to prepare and use the ultimate “management tool” – cash flow projections

Apr 20 Understanding & using your financial statements
Take the mystery out of the Income Statement, Balance Sheet and other financial statements by learning how to use the numbers

Apr 27 Financing your business: alternative sources of money
Evaluate financing options and determine which are best for you

May 04 The deal making process: negotiating in the real world
Develop an understanding of the negotiating process and techniques

May 11 Your business future: managing growth and plan completion
What’s next? growth? expansion? what’s your business’s future?

May 18 Graduation

Instructor: Rob Van Driest

Rob Van Driest is currently an adjunct instructor of Marketing at the University of Montana and owner of Blue Sun Marketing, a consulting firm in Lolo. Mr. Van Driest has extensive experience in product development, marketing, strategic planning and business management. His business experience includes management and director positions with a record of increasing sales and profits for several businesses, including The Coleman Company and Johnson Outdoors, Inc. Mr. Van Driest received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Montana.

" The SBDC is a funded program of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Steve Grover at (406) 728-9234 ext. 206.”

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