What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?
The following three core disciplines – planning, financials and managing – are critical in helping you master today’s marketplace. Let us help you demystify the secrets of business and provide insights to help you achieve your goals.
The program is being offered at no cost for tuition or fees to eligible U.S. military veterans (copy of DD 214 required for registration).
(NEW) Core I: Small Business Success Formula: Plan + Market + Sell = $$$$$$ SB741
Benjamin Franklin once said; “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Successful entrepreneurs invest a lot of their time planning for success. In Core I we will teach you how to develop an effective business plan that will chart your course to success. You will also learn how to assemble effective marketing strategies that include low-cost guerilla marketing ideas. The instructor will review market research techniques, strategic marketing decisions, advertising, public relations, promotions, and networking. Once you have a business and marketing plan you need to know how to be an effective salesperson. Almost all entrepreneurs feel they are good sales people but don’t have any formal training. Do you really want to miss out on a sale because you didn’t have the right tools? Let us help you understand customer wants and relationship strategies, the “anatomy of a sale,” how to avoid 11 selling mistakes, what it takes to “earn” the sale and how to get to “yes” faster. (12 hours)
Instructor: Vicki Lynne Morgan, Russmor Mentoring Group
Course fee: $199
CRN Mon/Thu Sep 24, 27, Oct 1 & 4 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CRN Tue/Wed Nov 6, 7, 13 &14 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
(NEW) Core II: Recordkeeping, Financials and Taxes SB742
The number one question successful entrepreneurs are asked is: “What makes you successful?” The answer? “I know my numbers!” Most entrepreneurs are afraid of numbers because of lack of experience. Let our CPA teach you not to be afraid of numbers. Learn what records you need to keep and how to do your own bookkeeping. Once you have mastered that, you will then be taught how to create spreadsheets as a management tool, understanding revenue and expense, structure and relationships, meaningful forecasts and projections, break-even analysis, balance sheets, P&L, and cash flow. You will also learn about tax responsibilities based on the entity you choose, and to which tax deductions you are entitled. (9 hours)
Instructors: Bonnie Trochim, CPA, Wiss & Co.
Course fee: $169
CRN Wed Sep 26, Oct 3 & 10 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
(NEW) Core III: Results-Oriented Operations Management SB743
Keeping the “oars in the water” is a major concern of all small business owners regardless of type of business. Learn how to better understand your business mission and what it takes to execute it. Growth strategies, task assignments and evaluations, critical scheduling, process design, staffing and employee growth will be discussed in this class. (6 hours)
Instructor: Karen Katcher, MBA, Katcher Associates
Course fee: $119
CRN Thu Oct 11 & 18 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CRN Thu Nov 29 & Dec 6 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Registration for VECP
Please note: You must register for the VECP training courses by contacting our office: by phone, (908) 526-1200 ext 8516; by email, firstname.lastname@example.org; or in person (The SBDC office is located at the Raritan Valley Community College main campus): 118 Lamington Road, Workforce Training Center (WTC), Branchburg, NJ 08876. Office hours are 9 am – 4 pm. Registrants must provide a copy of their DD 214 form.