Hi, IDA Savers!
If you are a Business saver and you haven't taken Business Foundations yet--now is your chance! If you are an Education saver but know someone who has or wants to start a business--please share! And if you've taken Business Foundations but want to take it again--sign up! More info below.
NEOEDD offers a free, six-week workshop series to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners build the basis for a successful enterprise. Register by Sept. 21 to reserve your seat in Baker City, La Grande, or Enterprise. But, don’t wait—class size is limited!
Lisa Dawson has taught the Business Foundations program for more than ten years, and her students—existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties—continue to give her rave reviews. This hands-on class covers the basics of running a successful business: overhead and inventory costs, goal-setting and sales projections, marketing, taxes and licensing, and other considerations, and brings it all together in a business plan.
Best of all, thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through City of La Grande, the classes are offered free of charge!
Business Foundations takes place from 6 to 9 p.m.:
To register, call NEOEDD by Friday, Sept. 21 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email Kristy. Preference is made to people with low-to-moderate incomes; income verification is required.
- Baker City: Mondays, Sept. 24; Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29 (no class Oct. 15); and Nov. 5 at HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St.
- La Grande: Tuesdays, Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 9, 23, 30 (no class Oct. 16); and Nov. 6 at IGNITE, 104 Depot St.
- Enterprise: Thursdays, Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; and Nov. 1 at Wallowa Resources, 401 NE 1st St.
The workshops last six weeks, with the following topics:
Here’s what former class participants have to say about the Foundations class:
- Gaining Perspective: Consider your business concept.
- Laying the Foundation: Define line of business and analyze financial essentials, from overhead costs to break-even point.
- Getting into the Flow: Cover the financial essentials of cash flow, sales forecasting, and financial documents.
- Mission & Markets: Revisit mission, discuss market research, and identify competitors in order to align with target markets.
- Get the Word Out: Discuss creative marketing strategies and give peer feedback on marketing materials.
- Goodbye & Good Luck: Present your business plan, share final pitch, and plan for next steps.
- “[I appreciated Lisa’s] low-key and helpful attitude, and her desire to help each of us regardless of our business choices.” –Participant in Halfway
- “I hadn’t looked at break-even point, overhead costs, and marketing costs before this class.” –Participant in Enterprise
- “[I valued] being able to get a grasp on my business intentions and the necessary work involved to be successful.” –Participant in Baker City