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Aug
30
Wed
Business Plan 101 “A goal without a plan is a wish” @ BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center
Aug 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Business Plan 101

“A goal without a plan is a wish”

Most businesses fail due to lack of proper planning. Don’t let yours be among them nor allow opportunities to get partners or funding slip away by not having a complete plan for your business.

This class will help you to clearly understand the strategic process of developing a business plan. Using BiGAUSTIN’s very own business plan template, the instructor will go over each section of the plan and explain what needs to be discussed in it.

The class also touches on the Business Model Canvas – a relatively new approach to business planning – considered by many, including the Harvard Business Review, “the big game changer”.

So bring a pen, let the ideas flow, understand how feasible your business is or could be and learn how to maximize its potential.

Instructor: Daniel Frunza, BiGAUSTIN

Tuition:  $20.00

Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify & reside in the City of Austin.

Pre-qualifications:

  1. Must reside in Austin city limits
  2. Meet income guidelines. Example if you are in a household of 3 making less than $56,050 would pre-qualify for a scholarship from the city of Austin.

If you do not reside Austin please contact melissa@bigaustin.org to discuss further options.

Date:  Wednesday, August 30

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:

BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center

5407 North IH 35

Suite 200

Austin, TX 78723

Note:  We are located in the Capital Plaza shopping center-Chase Bank Building-2nd floor.

Register Online!

Contact:  info@bigaustin.org

 

Writing a Business Plan

Business Plan Outline

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FAQs

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Feel free to bring your lunch/snack.

The room is often cold, you may need a sweater.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need to bring copy of ticket to this workshop.

 

Sep
1
Fri
Contract Basics @ BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center
Sep 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Contract Basics

For Small Businesses

andronn titusThis course is intended to help you identify the contract terms to which you should pay closest attention in your commercial deals.  These terms are common across a wide variety of transactions, and in all cases they are among the ones you should review for any given deal.  Bear in mind that your perspective will depend on your interest or role in a transaction.  It is hoped that with this basic familiarity with top-level issues, you will be better able to assess (and manage) the contract-related risks associated with your business, and that when you meet with your lawyer, you’ll be able to have a better-informed conversation about the terms most critical to include (or exclude) from agreements drafted for you or which you encounter.

This course is not intended to be a comprehensive guide on contract issues, and it does not constitute legal advice.  For that, we strongly encourage you to engage a lawyer. Price & performance specifications are not addressed here–there are just too many possibilities.  That said, do be sure to capture these things in your agreements in a form sufficiently tight such that each party’s rights and/or obligations are clear.  If you get only this part right, you’re in pretty good shape.

The critical point to take away from this course is that for any type of commercial transaction, there are terms that at least one of the parties will have a strong interest in defining clearly and in a way it can enforce against the other party.  In most cases, both parties will have such interests (though the outcomes they desire may differ).  In the end, even the best drafted contract can’t keep conflicts with trading partners from arising, but well thought-out agreements can go a long way to preventing unpleasant surprises when disputes do occur.

 

Instructor:

Bentley Harris, Partner, Reed & Scardino

Michael Wallace, Legal, Senior Contracts Advisor – Dell

 

Tuition:  Free (Registration is required)

Date:  Friday, September 1st

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:

BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center

5407 North IH 35

Suite 200

Austin, TX 78723

Note:  We are located in Capital Plaza shopping center – Chase Bank building – 2nd floor.

 

Contact:

info@bigaustin.org

 

Register Online!

 

FAQs

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Feel free to bring your lunch/snack.

The room is often cold, you may need a sweater.

 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need to bring copy of ticket to this workshop.

Oct
2
Mon
Start Smart Fall 2017 @ BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Business Empowerment

Thinking about starting a business? You’re not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans catch the entrepreneurial spirit, launching small businesses to sell their products or services.  In fact, given the new economic reality of our time, more people than ever before have found the “job” they thought was waiting for them doesn’t exist. Others have come to the conclusion that they would rather create work they love, constructed to fit with their own life goals.

Many times entrepreneurs are starting a business based on­ an idea, but lack personal hands-on experience of running a business from all aspects.  The more you know about starting a business, the more power you have to form a business that develops into a lasting source of income and satisfaction.

BiGAUSTIN’s Start Smart program provides all the key essentials for starting and operating a business.

Start Smart provides practical business training, helping students hone the skills they need to create, manage, and grow a small business.  In addition the start smart program connects entrepreneurs with business insights, leadership skills and professional networking connections so you can create new business or expand an existing enterprise.

Start Smart is a 14-session course designed for people who want to start a business and need the skills to test the feasibility of their business concept.  Participants develop a business plan which acts as the blueprint for their start-up venture.

Start Smart Students Benefit from:

  • Completing Feasibility Study
  • Cultivating a Business Plan
  • Insight into Marketing & Market Research
  • Understanding Financials
  • Knowledge of Legal Considerations
  • Access to Expertise
  • Working with other aspiring like-minded entrepreneurs

Instructor:  

Tuition:

$197.99 {registration is required}

Early bird 50% discount registration until September 10th

Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify & reside in the City of Austin.

Pre-qualifications:

  1. Must reside in Austin city limits
  2. Meet income guidelines. Example if you are in a household of 3 making less than $58,600 would pre-qualify for a scholarship from the city of Austin.

If you do not reside Austin please contact melissa@bigaustin.org to discuss further options.

Application Documents:

Please click the forms below and once completed email to melissa@bigaustin.org

Start Smart Application

Client Intake Form

Business Concept Statement

When:

7 week course – 14 session dates

October:  2, 5, 10, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30

November:  2, 6, 9, 13, 16

Time:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Classes are held at:

BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center 5407 North IH-35 Suite 200 Austin, 78723

Note:  We are located in Capital Plaza shopping center – Chase Bank building – 2nd flr.

Please contact Melissa – melissa@bigaustin.org  or Daniel – daniel@bigaustin.org  if you are interested in attending or if you have any questions.

Please make arrangements for children; there is no child care available in our offices.

Oct
10
Tue
Borrowing Basics @ BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center
Oct 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Borrowing Basics @ BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center

Borrowing Basics

Do you know what your lending officer is looking for in your loan package?

Regardless of where you seek funding – applying for a loan can be an unsettling process.  Borrowing Basics allows you to get an insider’s peek at the loan evaluating process.

Topics will include:

  • Basic components of credit analysis
  • Sources of loans for small businesses

Instructor: Rachel Fausett, Business Development Officer for Greater TEXAS Federal Credit Union, has been teaching seminars since graduating with honors from Texas State University – San Marcos.

Tuition:  FREE (registration required)

Date:  Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:

BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center

5407 North IH 35

Suite 200

Austin, TX 78723

Note:  We are located in the Capital Plaza shopping center-Chase Bank Building-2nd floor.

Register Online!

 Contact: info@bigaustin.org

FAQs

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Feel free to bring your lunch/snack.

The room is often cold, you may need a sweater.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need to bring copy of ticket to this workshop.

Oct
11
Wed
Commercial Leasing @ BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center
Oct 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Commercial Leasing

Free class designed to speak to commercial leasing needs and how to negotiate the best deal for your small business.  Taking the mystery out of leasing and bring clarity to the terms and conditions set forth in most commercial leases.

Instructor:  Victor Henry

Tuition:  FREE (registration required)

Date:  Wednesday, October 11th

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:

BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center

5407 North IH 35

Suite 200

Austin, TX 78723

Note:  We are located in the Capital Plaza shopping center-Chase Bank Building-2nd floor.

Register Online!

Contact:  info@bigaustin.org

Class offered as a part of BiGAUSTIN’s Women’s Business Center, the center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

All SBA programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals.  Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance by contacting the Women’s Business Center Director Claudia Conner @ (512) 928-8010, 5407 North IH 35, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78723

FAQs

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Feel free to bring your lunch/snack.

The room is often cold, you may need a sweater.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need to bring copy of ticket to this workshop.