Opportunity Inc. provides entrepreneurship training and resources through our One-Stop Workforce Center.
Simple Steps for Starting a Business – Helps clients through the basic step-by-step process of how to start a business and provides them with the tools and templates to turn their business idea into reality. Areas of focus include: Creating a Business Concept Outline; How to Write an Effective Business Plan; Creating a Successful Marketing and Sales Strategy, including Website Design and Market Research; and Financial Projections and Funding Sources, including Business Loans.
Business Planning – This is in-depth training provided through a combination of classroom training and individual consultation to create an operational Business Plan, including selecting a legal structure, tax obligations, cash flow planning, and operational planning.
Accounting – Training covers basic accounting and finance principles for responsible money management, including record keeping, tax issues, financial statement analysis, cash budgeting, investments and financial management tools such as QuickBooks.
Finance and Credit – Training covers financing options available to entrepreneurs and helps them to understand how a positive credit score and building credit can impact financing necessary to start a business.
Sales and Marketing – Through a combination of classroom training and monthly group workshops, participants learn to creatively sell their goods or services, effectively market their business, and develop a marketing plan. Interactive group workshops will help participants to master their marketing message and create a brief elevator speech that can be tested on one another that captures the essence of what their business does.
Website Development/Social Media – Through a combination of classroom training and individualized consultation, participants will learn how to build a website, understand how to communicate effectively through it, and how to create and market through social media. All successful participants will have a published website for their business upon completion.
Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program – Clients will be matched with a successful small business owner who will serve as a mentor and business advisor. Mentors will also facilitate peer support group activities.
Specialized Training – Training Providers will conduct or facilitate access to specialized training for clients who need specific instruction not provided in the core program (above). Specialized training may be provided through individual instruction, classes or special workshops and cover topics such as federal procurement, government contracts or subcontracting, exporting and specialized trade businesses. Lastly, participants will meet regularly with program staff to assist them with any individual issues and provide one-on-one technical assistance.
Networking/Special Events – The program will host special events to help clients effectively network and provide tips and techniques that can be used in other business settings. Monthly peer networking and support groups will provide an opportunity for program participants to utilize their networking skills, interact with one another and discuss any difficulties or challenges. Outside speakers will provide guidance and talk about their own experiences starting a business. Clients will also be connected to other events and workshops in the community such as those held by Chambers of Commerce and other business organizations.
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