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Business Foundations Workshops Free to Public

NEOEDD offers a free, six-week workshop series to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners build the basis for a successful enterprise. Register by Sept. 21 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 City of La Grande, the classes are offered free of charge!

Workshops take place from 6 to 9 p.m.:

• Baker City:  Mondays, Sept. 24; Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29 (no class Oct. 15); and Nov. 5 at HatchLab Baker, 2019 Main St.
• La Grande: Tuesdays, Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 9, 23, 30 (no class Oct. 16); and Nov. 6 at IGNITE, 104 Depot St.
• Enterprise: Thursdays, Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; and Nov. 1 at Wallowa Resources, 401 NE 1st St.

To register, call NEOEDD by Friday, Sept. 21 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 is 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