Business Start-Up Learning Circles
Planning for Business, Planning for Impact
The Women’s Business Center at ASSETS is proud to offer the Business Startup Learning Circle. Are you trying to start a business but don’t know where to start? Are you looking for way to refine your business idea and interact with like-minded entrepreneurs? Do you want to use your business to positively impact your community? If so, our Business Start-up Learning Circles may be right for you. This 10-week training program is set up to meet your needs as you plan to launch your business.
While extra consideration is given to specific challenges and issues for women entrepreneurs, our programs serve all – women, men, and racial and ethnic minorities.
The next Learning Circle will be in February 2019. This 10 week Learning Circle for people in the idea phase and also for people who are in the start-up phase. Classes are held once a week in the evenings 6-9pm.
Application for the Spring Learning Circle will be open in November 2018.
ASSETS has created Learning Circles to provide business development courses for entrepreneurs in the Lancaster area. This unique program, compiled of 2 separate stages (5 weeks each), offers an interactive and conversational way for a group of aspiring entrepreneurs to learn and work through the early stages of the business planning process, while creating the types of positive relationships and networking which is essential for entrepreneurs. Upon completion, participants will leave with an externally-critiqued business plan, an outline for community impact, and an understanding of what their next steps should be.
How Learning Circles Work
Who can participate?
Learning Circle business planning program is open to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to develop a business idea into a business plan.
As part of the training, 15 business ideas will be chosen to enter a series of workshops which will help develop and build a business plan. Prospective entrepreneurs must fill out an online application prior to the deadline.
How much does it cost?
The total cost for the 10 week training is $150. Need-based scholarships available upon request.
How long is the commitment?
The Women's Business Center hosts two Learning Circles per year, each 10 weeks. The cohorts meet on a weekly basis for three hours.
What will be expected of me?
Learning Circle members are expected to have a business idea and attend weekly workshops on how to develop their business plan. As a participating entrepreneur in the training, you are expected to come eager to build you business idea and grow your plan on a weekly basis. In order to capitalize on the course, attendance and participation is a must!
What is the difference between Stage 1 and Stage 2?
Stage 1: First Steps in Business Planning: Moving Beyond the Idea helps entrepreneurs prepare for self-employment, understand and define the business’ mission, plan for Community Impact, define the product or service, make financial projections, and reach a final decision on their business idea.
Stage 2: Forming a Business Plan: Make your Business a Reality covers the basics of business planning, marketing, finances, taxes, and legal issues for your business. It highlights the details needed to get the doors open and start making sales. Additionally, a final pitch session allows entrepreneurs to receive feedback from local business leaders.
For more information, email wbc@assetsPA.org