Free Mentoring Sessions
Mentoring Sessions are generally face-to-face meetings with you and a mentor. You can also submit an e-mail request for assistance. When you make an appointment, be sure to bring any info on your project. Keep in mind that its best to be prepared as possible, so we can get down to specifics at your first session.
Marketing and Business Planning
We have mentors with a variety of business experience who can review your marketing and business plans. There are also sample marketing and business plans available under templates and tools. Remember "if you build it they will come" is not true. You have to identify your customer prospects and sell them!
Financing and Loan Review
Obtaining funds for your venture is probably the most difficult activity you will undertake. It is important you have a cash flow projection that accurately depicts your future cash needs. If you are starting a business don't expect to get a loan from a bank until you have established some history. Most startups obtain funds from savings, credit cards, friends, and family. We can help you identify sources of local funds.
SBA and Government Procurement
There are many opportunities for government procurement for small businesses particularly if you are a women or minority owned company. You should have your business certified as a small, woman or minority enterprise at both the federal and state level. Contracts over $5,000 are published daily on the web. SBA Website