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 a section of your 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

As a trainer and counselor, Karen Spencer works hands-on with start-ups, non-profits and established businesses on business strategy, business development, marketing and legal strategy. Karen also has over 25 years of experience counseling clients on patent strategy, patent portfolio management, trade secrets and litigation issues. Karen formed and led Nike, Inc.’s Intellectual Property Transactions & Licensing function. Prior to joining Nike, Karen was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and an associate at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in San Francisco, focusing on IP litigation.

Karen Spencer, business counselor, Mercy Corps NW
Business Plan: Monday, May 4-June 15, 6-9 pm
Sustainability Tech: Monday, June 22-July 27, 6-9 pm

Cost/Cost Options:
Business Plan: $269 + Sustainability Tech: $473
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Additional Notes/Costs:

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.