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Starting A Business

  • Thinking about starting your own business?
  • Been in business 2-5 years and made every mistake possible?
  • Don’t know where or how to start?

You are not alone! We might be able to help…

Anyone who has started a new business venture has started where you are right now. A million questions are running through your head (or they should be…) For example, where should I start? How do I spend my limited resources? There is so much to do, should I keep my day job until this thing launches? The economy is terrible; everyone says it’s a bad time to start a business…

Business Concepts has helped many partners, individuals, and family members through this exciting, scary, and daunting transition. We have two proven, specialized programs just for laying the all-important foundations. One is called the ELBO™ Group and the other one is our Courage to Launch™ Program.

Our ELBO™ Group Program

Our first program is designed for Entreprenuers, Leaders, and Business Owners and we’ve affectionately labeled it the ELBO Group Program. This program might be for you if you:

  • are just starting out in entreprenuerial-ship
  • are a leader or want to be
  • have a business idea sketched out on a cocktail napkin and finally need to take action
  • have started your business and been running it for less than 2 years
  • still have your day job but want to become an entreprenuer
  • are expecting to get laid off at any moment
  • are a business owner, but feel you are missing some critical pieces which prevent you from being successful

If any of these describe you, the ELBO program will set you flying on a straight path. This program lays out the details and shows the need to put in a lot of ‘elbow grease’ to get your dreams off the ground, but with our structured plan, support and guidance, it is do-able!

We start from the basics, like ‘should I incorporate?’, what’s the difference between an LLC and an “S” corp, and we answer questions like ‘why do I need a separate business bank account?’ By the end of the course, you will be confident that you are pointed in the moral, ethical, and legal direction and you’ll be able to focus on running the business! The ELBO Group program is an impactful, 8 module course that will forever change how you view business ownership and give you the ‘straight’ talk about setting it up correctly and for long term success. Want to see a sample syllabus? No problem, let us know.

Courage to Launch™

Our second program dedicated to building Business Foundations is called Courage to Launch. Courage to Launch is specifically designed for those small business owners who have been in business less than 5 years but more than 1 year and have eaten enough humble pie that they no longer want to ‘go it alone’. Wish you could be in business by yourself, but not not be so alone?

This 12 module curriculum spends time looking at how you define success (i.e. how will you know when you get there), what problems your company solves and who has them, what are your pricing models, and how do you know if you are making a profit. We also look at marketing vehicles, sales styles, creating systems that work, and how to spend your time in a way that gets the most bang for your ‘buck’.

Finally, we talk about schedules and how the business owner needs to master him/her self with relationship to energy, time, space, money, and attitude, and stop trying to fix the symptoms of managing a 24 hour in a day or sprucing up a negative mental attitude with just a Blackberry™ and a band aid.

Can’t attend the one-to-one meetings or the group program? No problem! You can buy the self study e-course and add as many private coaching sessions as you need throughout your study. Have a few friends you’d like to go through the course with? Great, we find learning with friends and colleagues means more information usually ‘sticks’. We believe in it so much, we give discounts when there are 5 or more participants in a program.

Interested in our course program? Fill out the form below and we’ll email you more information about how to get started and download the e-course.