Take your idea from concept to reality

Are you ready to take action in starting or expanding your business? This course will help you turn your idea into reality.

This rigorous course is for you if you:

  • Have a solid business idea
  • Are serious about learning and taking action
  • Can make the time commitment to fit this course into your busy life
  • Welcome active participation in a small-group environment

Start Up: Comprehensive Business Planning - The next session begins January 26, 2021 and will run through mid-May. 

The Women’s Small Business Program (WSBP), Start Up class has provided top-quality business education to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs since 1989. This semester-long class helps women gain knowledge and build skills in the areas of business operations, marketing, and business financials. Using the framework of writing a business plan, students learn the language of business and graduate armed with the knowledge they need to launch or expand their businesses.

What's your definition of success?

Not everyone who enters the class finishes the business plan. Sometimes participants find the current iteration of their idea isn't feasible at this time. Or, they realize they don't want to pursue the original idea to fruition. Other times, students start to experience success with their business during the class, and that takes them away from being able to finish the plan. Every class, though, we can guarantee: you'll gain clarity around your business that will help you decide which direction is right for you.

Your WSBP network

You're in a class with other women doing the same thing as you: attempting to start or grow their own business. In an environment that's very hard to find elsewhere, you'll find the personal and professional support you'll need.

In the safe, supportive, fun classroom environment, you'll build a network where you'll share resources, information, time, laughter, and even the stress. You’ll find help with solutions to the variety of issues you face - and not just about your business.

Once you graduate, you're not on your own. You'll have access to a network of graduates before you, as well as special workshops and offers available for program alumnae.

How to get started
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact Lisa Wood, Director, Women's Small Business Program, to learn more and apply.