August 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Online Webinar

Thinking of starting a business? Our Start Smart Workshops discuss the path to good decisions and a successful start. You’ll learn to take a thorough 360° approach to your business and all its components – from product development to target markets to financial projections. We’ll also cover the regulations and registrations you need to know before starting a business.

Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your individual business growth needs.

NOTE: This is a live, online webinar. Registration is required IN ADVANCE. When we receive your registration, we will send you the Start Smart Workbook and Zoom login link.



More about the Start Smart Workshop:

The greatest value in business planning is the process of researching and decision-making for your business.

This process takes time now, but avoids costly, perhaps disastrous, mistakes later. By working through this process you will not only end up with a finished plan in hand that can convince others to believe in the concept and your competence to run it, you will also be well on your way to being truly prepared to start or grow your business. You’ll be prepared to succeed.

The Shenandoah Valley SBDC’s Business Advisors are available to assist you at any point from the first concept to first draft to final plan to opening doors. We have experience helping our clients address difficult questions, build marketing strategy, develop cash flow projections, and turn dreams into reality.

If you would like assistance with your business plan, just ask.

Call the SV SBDC office at (540) 568-3227, or email sbdc@jmu.edu

Let’s get started!

 Workshop Agenda

  1. Brief Introductions
    1. Idea/Business Concept and you are in your Start-up process
    2. Biggest burning question you would like to have answered today
  2. SBDC Services – Request for Counseling form
  3. Ready for Entrepreneurship? Viable Business Concept
  4. Introduction to GrowthWheel Tools
  5. Legal Entity
  6. Common Mistakes
  7. Business Plan and Financials
  8. Marketing
  9. Start-up Checklist review