This hands on class will walk you through writing your own business plan and aim you to your $4,500 business grant from Mercy Corps NW.

Each week, you will complete one of four sections of the business plan. You will pull together any of the strategic marketing planning, research, costing, sourcing, branding, communications and other work you may have done. You will write the narrative of your business and back it up with detailed facts and figures. You will work from a spreadsheet template for your profit & loss and cash flow statements — the very thing lenders want to see.

You will think through your business thoroughly, research facts you are unsure of and examine your ideas critically. Come prepared with your laptops and all the relevant info you’ve collected. Roll up your sleeves and leave class with a viable plan that could get you financing and on the path to your dreams.

About the Instructor

Annie LaVerdure-Weller is a purpose-driven strategic growth business coach and consultant. She is also a motivational speaker and has created and teaches workshops and seminars based on productivity, business processes and operations.  Annie has over 20 years experience as a serial entrepreneur working with creative, passionate and emerging thought leaders who are looking to create exceptional lives, businesses and communities. She specializes in helping her clients create and sustain greater profitability and efficiency in their businesses and in their lives.

For non-credit class, click here.

Karen Spencer, business counselor, Mercy Corps NW
Monday, May 4-June 15, 6-9 pm
Cost/Cost Options:
18 clock hours @ $22/clock hour
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Supply list: All you need to bring to the first class is a pen/pencil and a notepad.  A laptop or tablet will help you in your research.  The instructor will suggest other supplies to bring throughout the class.