This hands-on class will walk you through writing your own business plan and aim you toward applying for a business loan or grant from organizations, like 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 speak to and 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.

All business types are welcome.

About the Instructor

Karen is owner of Fetch Strategies and a co-founder of Searchfunder, a growing online community, newsletter and toolkit for the niche business buyer called a search fund.  Karen consults and 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 intellectual property and general counseling issues as a member of Nike Inc.’s legal team and the Nike Golf business unit as well as at notable Bay Area/Silicon Valley law firms.

Karen Spencer, business counselor, Searchfunder
Fridays, September 16-October 21, 2-5 pm

Cost/Cost Options:
$304 (includes $35 technology fee)
Supply List:
Please contact the PFI Sewing Store Manager for questions about your Supply List.
Additional Notes/Costs:

Become familiar with PFI’s online Intranet, Populi. You will receive a Populi username and password. By two weeks before class starts, your instructor will load your class syllabus and your first class assignment. By one week before your class starts, you are sent a reminder of log-in instructions and directed to go online to test your system then read the syllabus and first assignment and to download your class files.