The IDEA Center (a program of the Center for Technology & Business) is proud to offer the Kauffman FastTrac curriculum in a facilitated, group learning environment. This course is designed to walk you through the steps necessary to create a business plan or expansion plan for your idea or company. IDEA Center FastTrac is a 10-week blended course featuring both in-person and online instruction. . During that time, IDEA Center Academy participants will learn how to evaluate their business concepts, position their businesses around target customers, refine their companies based on personal and professional goals and ultimately, launch their businesses. In person sessions will be required January 9th, January 16th, February 6th, and March 13th. These in-person sessions are schedule for 6pm - 9pm at the IDEA Center (2720 E Broadway Ave) in Bismarck. Participants will have access to planning tips and exercises, including lessons on how to: • Discover how your business concept matches your personal vision. • Align your business concept with a real market opportunity. • Find your target market and discover your competitive advantage. • Determine the unique features and benefits of your product/ service. • Set realistic financial goals for your business. • Define your company’s brand and marketing. • Manage business functions and develop an organizational culture. • Determine the steps to profitability. • Identify potential sources of funding for your business. • Launch your business. In addition, IDEA Center Academy participants will hear from expert guest speakers, receive one-on-one business coaching, and have access to free work time in the IDEA Center Co-working space. Course Fee: $195 No payment due at registration. Participants will be billed via email by the IDEA Center and payment would have to be made by January 2nd, 2019.