Have a Business Idea?

If you are thinking about starting your own business, then this workshop is a great place to start. This workshop is ideal if you:

  • Don’t have a solid business idea
  • Are considering a variety of business ideas
  • Have never been self-employed
  • Need to figure out if this is the right time to start a business

Getting Serious: Intro to Self-Employment
October 11, 18, 25
5:30-8:00 pm
Contact Lisa Wood, Director, Women’s Small Business Program,  to learn more

In Getting Serious, you’ll discover if business ownership is right for you. Join a class of business-exploring peers to answer the questions and make an informed decision for yourself.  Examine and expand your business idea(s), clarify your entrepreneurial and business related skills, and create a schedule and action plan for next steps.

You’ll leave the class knowing whether now is the right time for you to start a business. You’ll also have a support network, an action plan, and multiple resources to get you started.

The workshop covers these key areas:

  1. Skills inventory
  2. Brainstorming and expanding business ideas
  3. Sourcing business ideas
  4. Identifying a niche
  5. Reality-filtering your idea given your personal, income, and career goals
  6. Timeline for your ability to take on risk
  7. Startup costs & capital needs
  8. How to find a business idea that fits with your skills, passions, and community needs
  9. Barriers & barrier-blasting strategies to start a business
  10. Determine start-up action plan

Do you need a business idea to attend the class?

Definitely not! Many students enter Getting Serious knowing they’d like to explore starting a business, but aren’t sure which business. This class will help you to formulate business ideas that might work for you. If you already have a business idea, then this class will help you to focus your idea.

Note: This class does not teach the full business plan. This is an introduction to the business planning process. Though the outline of a business plan will be introduced, students will not leave the class having completed a business plan. Check out our ‘Start Up: Comprehensive Business Planning’ class if you have a solid business idea and you’re ready to get started.