New Business Plan Writing Workshop Helps New Entrepreneurs Prepare for FinancingPosted by Jessica Oman
May 1, 2013 – Like many new entrepreneurs, Larry Lacoursiere was wondering how to get his tasty product line out to as many people as possible. Larry knew he needed a business plan to launch Fire Belly Hot Sauce, and after many months of product development, he was ready to take the next step.
Write Ahead‘s business plan writing workshop, Business Planning for New Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Open in Record Time, couldn’t have come along at a better time for Larry and seven other British Columbia entrepreneurs. The first workshop in the Idea to Open business planning series was held on April 25, 2013 at Launch Academy, and the 3.5-hour seminar introduced eight entrepreneurs to the essential concepts they needed to start thinking like business owners and write business plans that would help them get the financing they need to launch their entrepreneurial journeys.
“After three years of working with entrepreneurs from Vancouver, Canada and across North America, we noticed some common frustrations among our best clients. Our entrepreneurs needed to shift their way of thinking from the ‘if you build it, they will come’ mentality to a more strategic mindset,” said Write Ahead’s founder, Jessica Oman. “For people who want to write a business plan themselves, our workshop is a perfect introduction to the concepts new entrepreneurs must understand if they want to write compelling business plans that both supplement their applications for financing and serve as a strong guide for the business’s strategy and operations.”
The Business Planning for New Entrepreneurs workshop is much more than just a lecture on the different parts of a business plan. It starts with a definition of the ideal customer for a business, and then builds out the market/industry analysis, staffing requirements, marketing strategy, and financial projections from there. For a $150 investment, participants received 3.5 hours of in-depth business training and a 55-page business plan writing guide, complete with links to business plan templates and sources for market and industry research. As a bonus, everyone who attended was offered 30 days of unlimited email support from Write Ahead’s experienced, MBA-educated business consultants.
Another workshop attendee had this to say about Jessica Oman, the presenter at Idea to Open:
“I really enjoyed your presentation last night…you have all the information that I feel I lack, so it was great to have some of those holes filled. You really know your stuff!”
The next workshop in the Idea to Open series is being planned for Portland, Oregon in July 2013. The workshop will be offered again in Vancouver, BC in Fall 2013. To be notified about all future events, interested individuals can sign up for Write Ahead’s twice-monthly mailout by entering an email address at www.writeahead.ca.