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Free Foundations Business Planning Classes in Enterprise

NEOEDD will offer a seven-week series of Foundations business planning classes in Enterprise (location TBA) starting Monday, February 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The seven-session series of classes will take current and prospective business owners through the process of assessing their business plan and help them answer a questions about pricing, marketing, profit potential, break-even point and business structure. The classes are interactive, and participants will be encouraged to complete a written business plan by the end of the class.

Here’s what former class participants have to say about the Foundations class:
• “The class helped me better understand the business world, business terms and to explore how much it really costs for me to produce my product.”
• “Working out a unit of sales, finding a break-even point and using formulas to help predict future income was very helpful.”
• “The size of the class [six to eight people] worked well because we were exposed to several types of businesses and the challenges faced by each.”
• “The instructor did an amazing job and has a wealth of knowledge and ideas.”
• “The class helped me with the planning, networking and encouragement needed to proceed with my idea.”
• “I learned how to do a more detailed analysis of financials and projected costs.”
• “I was able to revise my business plan to better meet my goals.”

Classes are free for participants. Pre-registration is required and the classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact NEOEDD at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454 if you have any questions, or to pre-register.

The classes are subsidized by the Oregon Community Development Block Grant program, and the program requires a minimum of 51% of class participants to meet low/moderate income requirements. Documentation of household financial income will be required of all participants.

Business Foundations Workshops Free to Public

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) offers a free, six-week workshop series to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners build the basis for a successful enterprise. Register by Feb. 13 to reserve your seat in Baker City, La Grande, or Enterprise. But, don’t wait—class size is limited!

Lisa Dawson has taught the Business Foundations program for more than ten years, and her students—existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties—continue to give her rave reviews. This hands-on class covers the basics of running a successful business: overhead and inventory costs, goal-setting and sales projections, marketing, taxes and licensing, and other considerations, and brings it all together in a business plan. Dawson is also adding a class to guide entrepreneurs in hiring employees.

Best of all, thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through Wallowa County, the classes are offered free of charge!

Workshops take place:
• Enterprise:  Tuesdays, Feb. 14-28, Mar. 7-21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fishtrap, 400 E Grant St.
• Baker City:  Wednesdays, Feb. 15-22, Mar. 1-22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St.
• La Grande: Thursdays, Feb. 16-23, Mar. 2-23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave.
NOTE: There is one additional, optional class, called “Hiring Your First Employee,” on Apr. 4, 5, or 6, respectively

To register, call NEOEDD by Monday, Feb. 13 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email kristyathens@neoedd.org. Preference is made to people with low-to-moderate incomes; income verification will be required.

The workshops last seven weeks, with the following topics:
• Gaining Perspective: View business concept from a high altitude in order to define vision and get a good look at the main topics to be addressed.
• Laying the Foundation: Define line of business and analyze financial essentials, from overhead costs to break-even points.
• Getting into the Flow: Cover the financial bases of cash flow, sales forecasting, and financial documents.
• Mission & Markets: Revisit mission, discuss market research, and identify competitors in order to align with target markets.
• Get the Word Out: Discuss creative marketing strategies and give peer feedback on product, or marketing materials.
• Payroll Basics (optional): Legal considerations of hiring employees—what’s required and recommended, and best practices.
• Goodbye & Good Luck: Present business plans, share final pitches, and plan for next steps.

Here’s what former class participants have to say about the Foundations class:
• “[I appreciated Lisa’s] low-key and helpful attitude, and her desire to help each of us regardless of our business choices.” –Participant in Halfway
• “I hadn’t looked at break-even point, overhead costs, and marketing costs before this class.” –Participant in Enterprise
• “[I valued] being able to get a grasp on my business intentions and the necessary work involved to be successful.” –Participant in Baker City
• “I felt included as an important part of training from Day 1. Lisa was able to get us to engage in her workshop activities, even though we were all shy at first.” –Participant in La Grande
• “It was a fun and safe environment that helped me learn a ton!” –Participant in Enterprise
• “Lisa made the lessons and process enjoyable and in sections small enough not to be overwhelming.” –Participant in Enterprise
• “Lisa is a great facilitator—very knowledgeable, patient, gets the class thinking/talking/
participating/engaged.” –Participant in Baker City
• “Not once did I go home confused about something.” –Participant in Enterprise

NEOEDD offers a free, six-week workshop series to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners build the basis for a successful enterprise. Register by Feb. 19 to reserve your seat in Baker City, La Grande, or Enterprise. But, don’t wait—class size is limited!

Lisa Dawson has taught the Business Foundations program for ten years, and her students—existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties—continue to give her rave reviews. This hands-on class covers the basics of running a successful business: overhead and inventory costs, goal-setting and sales projections, marketing, taxes and licensing, and other considerations, and brings it all together in a business plan.

Best of all, thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through Wallowa County, the classes are offered free of charge!

Workshops take place:
• Enterprise:  Mondays, Feb. 29, Mar. 7-28, Apr. 11; from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fishtrap, 400 E Grant St.
• Baker City:  Wednesdays, Mar. 2-30, Apr. 13; from 6 to 9 p.m. at Baker County Chamber of Commerce, 490 Campbell St.
• La Grande:  Thursdays, Mar. 3, 17, 24, 31, Apr. 14, 21; from 6 to 9 p.m. at EOU Small Business Development Center, 1607 Gekeler Lane, Room 147.

To register, call NEOEDD by Friday, Feb. 19 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email kristyathens@neoedd.org. Preference is made to people with low-to-moderate incomes; income verification will be required.

The workshops last six weeks, with the following topics:
• Gaining Perspective: View business concept from a high altitude in order to define vision and get a good look at the main topics to be addressed.
• Laying the Foundation: Define line of business and analyze financial essentials, from overhead costs to break-even points.
• Getting into the Flow: Cover the financial bases of cash flow, sales forecasting, and financial documents.
• Mission & Markets: Revisit mission, discuss market research, and identify competitors in order to align with target markets.
• Get the Word Out: Discuss creative marketing strategies and give peer feedback on marketing materials.
• Goodbye & Good Luck: Present business plans, share final pitches, and plan for next steps.

Here’s what former class participants have to say about the Foundations class:
• “[I appreciated Lisa’s] low-key and helpful attitude, and her desire to help each of us regardless of our business choices.” –Participant in Halfway
• “I hadn’t looked at break-even point, overhead costs, and marketing costs before this class.” –Participant in Enterprise
• “[I valued] being able to get a grasp on my business intentions and the necessary work involved to be successful.” –Participant in Baker City
• “I felt included as an important part of training from Day 1. Lisa was able to get us to engage in her workshop activities, even though we were all shy at first.” –Participant in La Grande
• “It was a fun and safe environment that helped me learn a ton!” –Participant in Enterprise
• “Lisa made the lessons and process enjoyable and in sections small enough not to be overwhelming.” –Participant in Enterprise
• “Lisa is a great facilitator—very knowledgeable, patient, gets the class thinking/talking/
participating/engaged.” –Participant in Baker City
• “Not once did I go home confused about something.” –Participant in Enterprise