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Business Basics: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Business Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA)

Enrollment for this course has closed
You have a business idea and you want to start a business  - what do you do next?  

In this 10-week guided program, aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs will develop and refine a business concept, taking it through each step of the business planning process. Each session is lead and guided by a certified Kauffman Facilitator.


During this program, you'll work to:

-Discover how your business concept matches your personal vision.
-Align your business concept with a real market opportunity.
-Learn how to set realistic financial goals for your business.
-Determine the unique features and benefits of your product service.
-Find your target market and discover your competitive advantage.
-Define your company’s brand and marketing.
-Learn how to manage business functions and develop an organizational culture.
-Determine the steps to profitability.
-Identify potential sources of funding for your business.
-Launch your business

At the end of the course all participants will be provided the opportunity to participate in a business pitch competition with their fellow classmates. The top three pitches will receive the following:

1st Place: $1000 + $250 Course Fee Refund + 3 Month Innovation Center Affiliate Membership
2nd Place: $250 Course Fee Refund + 3 Month Innovation Center Affiliate Membership
3rd Place: 3 Month Innovation Center Affiliate Membership
  1. Delivery

    In-Person
  2. Location

    Columbia, MD
  3. Fee

    Yes
  4. Start Date

    July 17, 2019
  5. Enrollment Close Date

    July 24, 2019
  6. End Date

    September 18, 2019