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May-Aug 12-Week Small Business Accelerator Program

Thu 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
12 sessions ending Thu, Aug 12
Topic: Start-up Assistance

This 12-week series is designed to aid small business owners in starting, diversifying, or improving your business quickly and efficiently. Utilizing critically acclaimed and SBDC endorsed curriculum 6-Week Start-Up by Rhonda Abrams alongside Harvard Business School-style Roundtable discussions, the Small Business Accelerator Program is an intensive curriculum meant to prepare small business owners to overcome any challenges that you encounter, from developing your basic business concept to opening day. Even experienced business owners can learn something new in this immersive course.

*Receive a $75 reimbursement upon completion of the course. Veterans, Disabled Individuals, Minority Individuals, and Women are eligible to receive a $100 refund thanks to the Minority Business Office.

Topics of study include:

Clarifying your business concept; Creating your corporate identity; Conducting market and competitor research; Finding suppliers and strategic partners; Establishing your network; Legal and licensing matters; Building your team structure; Finding a location; Product distribution; Money matters and financing; Developing your marketing plan; Establishing an online presence; Planning your grand opening.

In person series aid and SBDC Consultations available upon request. Soon available in Spanish!

Presented by SECO SBI
Sponsored by BCDF and SECO SBDC

Speaker(s): Mary Ward Jaydon Rice Mickie Lewis-Gemici Sammie George

Co-Sponsor(s): SECO SBI Bent County Development Foundation USDA Leading Edge

Your $100 registration fee will be required at the time of registration. Upon completion of the series, you will receive a *$75-$100 reimbursement and be entered in TWO DRAWINGS! 1) The Business Computer Giveaway valued at over $2,000, which includes a new business laptop computer set up, current Microsoft operating system, 1-year Microsoft 365 subscription, 1-year Quickbooks Online subscription, and peripheral equipment for desktop and mobile use. 2) A 1/2 page Real Deals Ad Giveaway valued at $600, offered through MAP (the Marketing Advancement Project)! This prize can be redeemed for a professionally designed ad in any of Real Deals quarterly publications within one year of issuance. Terms and conditions apply. To be eligible for the reimbursement and both drawings, you MUST complete the full 12-week course, which includes 3 short surveys throughout. These surveys will remain confidential and are to aid us in tailoring this program to your unique needs. Completion is defined as actively attending a minimum of 9 classes. If an unexpected conflict arises (e.g. a funeral) you must contact the facilitator in a timely manner to receive an excused absence. If you require your curriculum to be shipped to you, this cost will be deducted from your refund. Similarly, if you win the Business Computer Giveaway and require the prize to be shipped, this cost will be deducted from your refund. Each week you will receive a reminder email with your Zoom link and any additional information.

Fee: $ 100.00

Submit payment through paypal: or email Mickie at to discuss alternative options.

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