- Let’s get to know each other! Introductions and icebreakers
- Expectations and class structure overview
- YEA Opening Survey — it’s anonymous!
- Let’s talk about our business ideas at this point, and how to generate them
Please take this survey to help us make next year’s program even better!
Here are some articles about why Designations and Awards are valuable. In a nutshell, they attract customers, who are more likely to stop if they see a sign indicating an award, and second, they attract better job applicants, who want to work for a company on the rise.
Press Release template
Brainstorm a list of local media outlets and contacts for television, radio, and print that may want to advertise your business.
In today’s class we reviewed how you access your Investor Panel money! Please make copies of today’s handout and be sure to fill it out thoroughly and turn it in to the Chamber with copies of your receipts. Remember that you can’t access your Investor money until you’ve demonstrated, with receipts, that you have spent your own contribution and that of your family/friends, noted on your Business Plan and Presentation. Also remember that you must spend the money on items that you listed in your Business Plan; if you would like to spend it on something different, you’ll need to thoroughly explain why on the paperwork.
Remember to start planning for the Trade Show!
Here are the videos from today’s class:
For next week:
- Review your design pieces– show them to family and friends for feedback.
- Practice your presentation using your notecards.
- Think about questions to ask at the CEO Panel– due Feb. 28
- What do you want to know about getting started?
- I will be absent next class, but will send a nice powerpoint, and am available via email.
Average Monthly Operating Costs: insurance? website hosting? Cell phone bill? Monthly advertising cost? YOU MAY NOT HAVE ANY AVERAGE MONTHLY COSTS. You can include these items on your chart, but list 0 as your cost. It shows you’re thinking about the costs.
Your Start Up Investment: this should be very specific and should include what you NEED to get started– this could include supplies for your first product run, first advertising costs and where you will advertise, maybe some signage for advertising purposes, etc. This includes the DBA $35, the Trade Show $50, and the graphic design fee $75. If you get FULLY funded, these fees will be deducted from your Investor Panel grant. The amount here needs to be specific and TO THE PENNY.
Your Financing Strategy: this should be your total Start Up investment amount MINUS your personal investment (20% of your Start Up investment– they want to know you have skin in the game) and any money from family/friends who are helping you. The difference will be your ASK– how much you are asking the Investor Panel for. Remember that at the end of your presentation, you are asking the investors for this amount of money.
How to create an effective presentation:
How to create a killer opener:
E-Commerce, web concepts, web strategy planning, and mentor visit #4!!
Presentation on ecommerce-2017— how do you sell online? Make the best website?
Fill out the web development concepts worksheet. This is to help you PLAN your site and its structure.