SCORE-Greater Seattle:  Small Business Essentials Workshop Series 
"Preparing individuals to make the right decisions and create actionable plans when starting a small business."

Anyone can start a small business.  You don’t need a university degree or a friend who works at a bank. But you do need knowledge, a plan and hard work to get your business off the ground.  Starting a business is risky if you not prepared.  SCORE’s Small Business Essentials Workshop Series was developed to help anyone who is considering starting a business get the skills and knowledge to plan and successfully start a new business.

In our first workshop, “Creating a Quick Business Plan in 3 Hours,” we will help you take your idea and turn it into a product or service.  We do that by helping you create a business plan based on the “Lean Canvas” template.  In our second workshop, “Successfully Starting a Business,” we’ll help you lay the foundation of your business by helping you understand the essentials of licensing, insurance, funding and other critical topics. 

Once you have a plan for getting your business up and running you need to make a plan to get customers.  In the “Successfully Marketing Your Business” workshop, we help you price and package your product or service, find your best customers (target market) and create a promotional plan that lets you present your business in the best possible light.  

Understanding and tracking your finances are critical to any successful business which is the goal of our next “Managing Finances for a New One-Person Business" workshop.

If you intend to have employees when you launch your business, we have two additional workshops that will show you how to organize your business (“Organizing and Managing a New Business with Employees” workshop) and help you understand your legal responsibilities to employees (“What You Need to Know before You Hire or Fire Your First Employee” workshop). 

If you are considering getting a business loan or lease for your business, you will need to put all your plans together in a formal business plan.  Our “Building a Comprehensive Business Plan” workshop will show you how! 

After working with thousands of entrepreneurs, we at SCORE-Greater Seattle have developed a precise list of decisions and plans you need to make to successfully launch a business.  We have streamlined our workshops to cover these key activities so that you are prepared to accomplish them after the workshop.  All the workshops are about three hours in length and taught by experienced SCORE Mentors. 

So, when you are ready for the challenge and the reward of starting something of your very own, contact SCORE!  Get a mentor and attend our workshops to learn the essentials of starting a new business.  Whether you are starting a business on your own (one-person business) or a business with employees, we have the right set of workshops to help you succeed. 

Small Business Essentials Workshop Series:  Curriculum Series for New One-Person Businesses

  • Making a Quick Business Plan in Three Hours
  • Successfully Starting a New Business
  • Successfully Marketing Your Business
  • Managing Finances for a New One-Person Business

Small Business Essentials Workshop Series:  Curriculum Series for New Businesses with Employees

  • Making a Quick Business Plan in Three Hours
  • Successfully Starting a New Business
  • Successfully Marketing Your Business
  • Organizing and Managing a New Business with Employees
  • Building a Comprehensive Business Plan
  • What You Need to Know before You Hire or Fire Your First Employee

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