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Simple Steps to Starting a Business Online Webinar Series

"Simple Steps" is a comprehensive program offered by SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon in partnership with the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce to assist and equip small business entrepreneurs with the tools needed to develop a successful business plan.

Claim your seat for the Online Webinar Series!

Registration for the class is $100.00 per registrant, $80.00 for the 2nd registrant in the same business, and FREE for all veterans who complete the course.

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals or business partners considering starting a business, buying a business.
  • Small business owners who want to enrich and grow their business profitably.
Upcoming Dates

Plan to join us in-person for SCORE "Simple Steps" to Starting A Business on Wednesday, April 19, 26 and May 3, 10 and 17 at the LVCC offices - 989 Quentin Road, Suite 1, Lebanon, PA. 17042. Sessions are 2 hours each, held from 6:00pm - 8:00pm (some sessions will extend later according to content). This five-part Simple Steps Workshop series may be the best action you can take to strengthen an existing business or to start up a new one. 

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Wednesday, April 19, 26 & May 3, 10, 17

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All sessions will be held from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Webinar Details

Materials will be emailed to each registrant before starting the class. In addition, a recording will be available for review after the series is completed. Find details below for each session of this 5 event series!

Wednesday, April 19 | 6 - 8pm
SIMPLE STEPS SESSION 1: Starting a Business

An introduction to the SIMPLE STEPS Program including steps an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business or run a new business. This session provides:

Introduction to SCORE and entrepreneurial colleagues also starting a business– Myths and realities of entrepreneurship– Critical success factors– Types of Businesses– Overview of key business planning components to be addressed in detail in upcoming sessions- Components of business ownership- Legal considerations (structure, licensing, taxes) Business and Marketing plan overview- Financial Plan overview including cash management and funding

Wednesday, April 26 | 6 - 8pm
SIMPLE STEPS SESSION 2: Business Planning

This session focuses on business planning. It discusses how to develop the business idea/concept, create the business model and data collection of core information to create a professional and viable business plan.– Developing your business concept– Elements of a Business Plan– Identifying customers and competitors– How and where to collect the information to complete a Business Plan

Wednesday, May 3 | 6 - 8pm

This session provides an overview of a marketing plan and guides the participants on the steps necessary to build a successful plan. The discussion will touch on product definition, pricing strategy, competition, target markets, marketing strategies to reach customers and costs elements as related to marketing plan choices.– Define your product or service and the benefits they provide – Define and target your customer and the benefit you provide them– Differentiate your product or service – Promote your product or service – Place your product in the marketplace (retail store, website, mail order, etc.)

Wednesday, May 10 | 6 - 8pm
SIMPLE STEPS SESSION 4: Financial Planning and Projections

This session focuses on financial planning for a successful business. The session is intended to take the mystery out of the“numbers” and provide a clear financial framework and tools for understanding and tracking business performance. Participants will learn how to create:– Forecast of revenue and expenses– Cash Flow Statement and Balance Sheet – Profit and Loss Statement – Break Even Analysis and Benchmarks for your company compared to industry norms 

Wednesday, May 17 | 6 - 8pm
SIMPLE STEPS SESSION 5: Funding and Financing and Panel Discussion with Key Resources

This session discusses financing your business. The discussion includes sources of funds, financial statement analysis,accounting and bookkeeping systems, the six C's of credit, banking relations, ratio analysis, monthly preparation andreview of financial statements. A bank loan officer will provide an inside view of how a banker assesses the merits of business plans and loan applications.In addition, a panel of key resources every small business should know will be available to answer questions on why and how to get started. Resources include: Banker, Insurance Agent, Lawyer, bookkeeper and SCORE Mentor.

313 West Liberty Street, Suite 231
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 397-3092

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