Since 2016, NaperLaunch Academy, offered in conjunction with SCORE Fox Valley, has helped more than 100 entrepreneurs and small business owners develop fundamental business knowledge and learn the “lean startup process” to build a foundation for business success.
Today, we are excited to announce the newest iteration of the Academy. Beginning in January, the Academy curriculum will be presented in two separate workshop series: Starting a Business and Growing a Business.
These series will offer the same in-person, cohort-based format but with a shorter time commitment. Participants will be expected to attend all four 2-hour sessions in the series and complete 1-2 hours of weekly homework assignments that will be reviewed by their instructors and peers.
Designed for new entrepreneurs still developing their business idea, the Starting a Business series will cover business ideation, financial essentials for new startups, and key operational concerns for starting a business in Illinois. You’ll learn how to use a lean business model canvas to develop your business concept; determine funding strategies and sources, pricing models, and break-even analysis; and address key operational concerns including bookkeeping and accounting concepts, sales and income tax requirements, state and federal employment regulations, and insurance and risk management issues. Registration is now open for the series that begins Wednesday, January 19th.
For business owners who have completed the Starting a Business series or those who are looking to take their business to the next level, the Growing a Business series will cover the basics of writing both a business plan and a strategic marketing plan, as well as fundamental professional selling skills and how to use them in sales transactions. Registration opens February 1st for the series that begins Wednesday, February 23rd.
If you’re considering whether to start a business and want to learn more about the services provided by NaperLaunch and SCORE Fox Valley, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, January 5th at 6:30 pm at the Nichols branch of the Naperville Public Library for So, You Want to Start a Business?
In this introductory session, you’ll engage in a self-assessment of your entrepreneurial skills and consider some basic questions that are critical for every entrepreneur to answer at the start of their business journey. You’ll also learn more about NaperLaunch Academy from instructors and past participants. Registration is now open for this in-person workshop.
No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, NaperLaunch can help you further your business goals. Visit our website or contact us to learn more.