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Start a Business This Year
By Sarah Mote
January 13, 2015

Get a Strong Start for Your Startup

Start a Business This Year with These Courses

Remember at the end of last year—all those grand dreams you had about finally losing those pounds, really putting the gas on that exercise plan, maybe even turning that brilliant idea you’ve been sitting on into a full-fledged startup or finally putting the polish on that marketing plan?

In just about a week, we’ll welcome January 17, the quasi-official holiday known as “Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day. (Judging by the light crowds at the gym this morning, seems like some folks are getting an early jump on that particular deadline).

Unfortunately, for most, the sheen on those New Year’s Resolutions just doesn’t last very long.

That doesn’t have to be you. You won’t give up.

(I pause here to drop a rather long quote from an otherwise laconic president:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Calvin Coolidge)

When it comes to your business, you don’t have the luxury of waning willpower. And luckily, we have some experts and events in our pocket that can help you get reinvigorated and remotivated.

If starting a business is your New Year’s Resolution . . .

> Sign up for an in-depth exploration of your idea.

WIBO Workshop (16 weeks, starts Feb. 19)
The Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) 16-Week Workshop: How to Build a Growing Profitable Business is for people who are currently running a business or who plan to open a specific business within one year. This workshop is comprehensive and rigorous, combining an extensive curriculum, the expertise of business owners and subject experts, as well as peer learning opportunities, to offer participants a truly unique experience.

WIBO specifically supports the startup and growth of entrepreneurs from low-income and underserved communities. Learn more about WIBO or attend the information session on Jan. 13. The third cohort starts on Feb. 19.

FastTrac (5 weeks, starts Jan. 20)
FastTrac for Women (10 weeks, starts Jan. 13)
FastTrac® NewVenture™, a program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will help you ook at all aspects of your proposed company, exploring the feasibility of your business concept and learning how to develop a viable business plan. Participants address startup issues such as assessing the competition, legal matters, marketing and financial management aspects.

> Or get your ideas rolling with these one-day courses

Starting a Business: Success Right from the Start (Jan. 15)
This three-hour seminar provides an overview of useful business information including government requirements and forms of business organization. You will learn how to: objectively evaluate your business concept, products and services; define and analyze the market potential for your business; and begin work on a business plan for managing your business and obtaining financing. 

Starting & Managing a Small Business in MO (Jan. 16)
This eight-hour course acquaints folks who are starting a business (or who are already in a business) with the basics of starting and managing a business by covering topics on planning, information management, financing, marketing and resources for assistance.

Want more startup classes and events?

Check out our calendar for classes on networking, marketing, startup valuation and more. Or visit our startup page for blogs, tips and events tailored for those first steps and challenges.

Not sure what your business needs are?

Have a face-to-face meeting with KCSourceLink during one of our traveling office hours:

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