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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SCORE presents business workshops in Pontiac

In a workshop series for small business, Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 presents The Business Plan Series. The program runs from Dec. 3-6. Prospective entrepreneurs are provided with a complete course from planning their business through the process of writing a Business Plan. This four part program starts with the organization and research that is a part of any new business.
The four part series will be presented at Future Help Designs, 91 North Saginaw, Suite 105, Pontiac.
All workshops are 8:45 a.m. to noon.
Business Plan 101: Creating Your Business Plan(s) is Dec. 3. This is the introduction to creating a successful business plan. It provides the necessary first steps in the organization and research needed for the entrepreneur’s unique business opportunity.
Business Plan 102: Marketing, Promotion and Sales is Dec. 4. We use the four “C’s” approach for creating a successful marketing plan. The program covers traditional and newer methods of promotion such as social networking. A key takeaway is a Sales Plan for annual revenue projections.
Business Plan 103: Business Plan Financials and Budgeting is Dec. 5. We use a case study approach to describe startup costs and the three main financial statements. Attendees will be introduced to break-even analysis and instructed in how to use SCORE’s financials template. Electronic versions of the template are included.
Business Plan 104: Writing a Successful Plan is Dec. 6. Business plans are critical for entrepreneur’s funding initiatives.  This workshop includes instructions and helpful hints on how to write a successful business plan for commercial loan or micro-loan applications, or private capital solicitation.
Visit www.detroit.score.org or call 313-226-7947 to register. The series costs $100. Workshops may be taken individually. Veterans can get a coupon that pays for the program at www.vetsfastlaunch.org.

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