Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

Starting a business

Who should attend:

  • Current Small Business owners who want to better understand the business structure - to take your business to the next level
  • Prospective or New business owners who want to explore the marketplace and determine the feasibility of a business concept
  • Those considering a business expansion and wish to develop action steps to help analyze your ideas
  • Those who want to better understand the financial aspects of business operations
  • Those who want to be better prepared to talk with lending institutions about their business plan, their cash flow, income statements, balance sheets

In this program, you will develop a business concept and take it through each step of the business planning process. Through readings and research, activities and action steps, you will plan and analyze your entrepreneurial vision by creating a thoroughly researched and tested business plan.

Written by entrepreneurs for aspiring entrepreneurs, this program offers essential business information to help you develop your entrepreneurial skills and build your business on a strong foundation.

Opportunities to network and learn from your peers as well as seasoned entrepreneurs and professionals who work with start-up businesses are a key part of the experience.

FastTrac® NewVenture is a ten-module program that covers concept analysis and the business planning process.

1. Exploring Entrepreneurship
2. Identifying and Meeting Market Needs
3. Setting Financial Goals
4. Planning the Product/Service
5. Researching and Analyzing the Market
6. Reaching the Market
7. Building the Organization and Team
8. Planning for a Profitable Business
9. Monitoring Cash Flow & Seeking Funds
10. Implementing Next Steps

The course goal is to complete a Business Plan. Homework assignments give you tools to build your plan and complete the Business Plan sections.  Business Plan components are:

  • Cover Page
  • Executive Summary
  • Table of Content                        
  • Management & Organization Plan       
  • Product/Service Plan                  
  • Marketing Plan                           
  • Financial Plan                               
  • Appendix

Event Flyer (PDF)

Past program participants testimonials (PDF)

Meet the Presenter

Program Details:

Please contact Tammy@scsutraining for information on when the next workshop will be offered.

When: To be determined   

Times:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Where: St. Cloud State University - Welcome Center

              Coborn Plaza - 355 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN  56301

              NOTE:  Free, convenient, secure indoor parking!

You might also be interested in Hands On QuickBooks offered in December 2011.

For more information or to customize training for your company please contact Tammy at or 320-308-4252.