The other business owners actually empower me to keep going when times get tough.

Falesha Martin

Business Start-Up Learning Circles

Planning for Business, Planning for Impact

LEARNING CIRCLE APPLICATION – CLICK HERE

 

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.

 

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.

Autumn 2017:
Start Date September 20
Meeting Days Wednesdays
Meeting Times 6:00pm-9:00pm

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 melisa@assetsPA.org or call 717-393-6089

Next Learning Circles

Stay tuned to find out when we are accepting new applications.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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