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 Apr. 6 to reserve your seat in Enterprise, Baker City, or La Grande. But, don’t wait—class size is limited!
Lisa Dawson has taught the Business Foundations workshop series 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 variable costs, goal-setting and sales projections, marketing, and other considerations, and brings it all together in a business plan.
Best of all, thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through the City of La Grande, the classes are offered free of charge!
Workshops take place from 6 to 9 p.m:
• Enterprise: Thursdays – April 19, 26, and May 3, 17, 24, 31 at Wallowa Resources, 401 NE 1st St.
• La Grande: Tuesdays – April 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 8, 22 at location TBD
• Baker City: Mondays – April 9, 16, 23, 30, and May 7, 21 at HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St.
To register, call NEOEDD by Friday, Apr. 6, at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Preference is made to people with low-to-moderate incomes; income verification is required.
The workshops last six weeks, with the following topics:
• Gaining Perspective: View business concept from a high altitude in order to define vision, set priorities, and get a good look at the main topics to be addressed.
• Laying the Foundation: Define line of business and analyze financial essentials, from overhead costs to break-even points.
• Getting into the Flow: Cover the financial bases of cash flow, sales forecasting, and financial documents.
• Mission & Markets: Revisit mission, discuss market research, identify and assess competitors, and target markets.
• Get the Word Out: Discuss creative marketing strategies and give peer feedback on product, or marketing materials.
• Goodbye & Good Luck: Present business plans and generate next steps.
Here’s what former class participants have to say about the Foundations class:
• “[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