Startups

Startups are brand new businesses that are in the first stage of their operations. Many startup companies do not have products for sale and usually have initial funding from founders or their families. The Center offers resources on technology, funding, planning, marketing and more, we can be the first step to help startup owners begin their journey.

Startups

Startups are brand new businesses that are in the first stage of their operations. Many startup companies do not have products for sale and usually have initial funding from founders or their families. The Center offers resources on technology, funding, planning, marketing and more, we can be the first step to help startup owners begin their journey.
Startups are brand new businesses that are in the first stage of their operations. Many startup companies do not have products for sale and usually have initial funding from founders or their families. The Center offers resources on technology, funding, planning, marketing and more, we can be the first step to help startup owners begin their journey.
Some of our offerings include:

Business Plan Development

  • Creating and maintaining a business plan is a key component to presenting a new business to investors, sources of financing, and possible partners. For a startup, this means the owner has to show the validity of the startup’s concept. Our advisors make this process less daunting by helping business owners develop business plans that are clear and engaging.

Other business plan considerations can include:

    • Permits and licenses
    • Franchise purchases
    • Keeping the business plan up-to-date and relevant as the business grows

Startup funding

    • Use your own money and credit to “self-fund” or “bootstrap” your business capital.
    • Approach investors to share the financial load for a stake in the business.
    • Apply for a small business loan. This option helps business owners retain control over their business. Business owners need to provide lenders with business plans, expenses, financial statements and tax returns, and projections.

Accounting

    Learn to use Quickbooks to track business’ financial activities, then make a plan to improve the way the business owner manages its money and financial systems. This will help establish accounting procedures that make sense for the business and ensure the business is managing its finances in compliance with the law.

Access to Capital

  • We can help identify what sources of private or public funding make the most sense for a business. Once a business owner knows how much capital they need, here are options for where it may come from.
    • Use your own money and credit to “self-fund” or “bootstrap” your business capital.
    • Approach investors to share the financial load for a stake in the business.
    • Apply for a small business loan. This option helps business owners retain control over their business. Business owners need to provide lenders with business plans, expenses, financial statements and tax returns, and projections.
    • The Center partners with Lendistry, our preferred small business lender, whose mission is to provide responsible financing to small businesses, particularly those in under served communities. Lendistry works with the SBA for small business funding and is CDFI certified.

Marketing/Social Media

Web Development/Content Development:
An online presence is a requirement, not an optional enhancement. Design is as important as function, and an existing website may need to be updated to optimize it as a tool for marketing and customer service.

Social Media:
We help business owners choose which platforms are the best ones to reach their ideal customers, how to establish a presence, and how to develop a strategy to gain a following and keep them engaged.

Some of our offerings include:

Business Plan Development

  • Creating and maintaining a business plan is a key component to presenting a new business to investors, sources of financing, and possible partners. For a startup, this means the owner has to show the validity of the startup’s concept. Our advisors make this process less daunting by helping business owners develop business plans that are clear and engaging.

Other business plan considerations can include:

    • Permits and licenses
    • Franchise purchases
    • Keeping the business plan up-to-date and relevant as the business grows

Startup funding

    • Use your own money and credit to “self-fund” or “bootstrap” your business capital.
    • Approach investors to share the financial load for a stake in the business.
    • Apply for a small business loan. This option helps business owners retain control over their business. Business owners need to provide lenders with business plans, expenses, financial statements and tax returns, and projections.

Accounting

    Learn to use Quickbooks to track business’ financial activities, then make a plan to improve the way the business owner manages its money and financial systems. This will help establish accounting procedures that make sense for the business and ensure the business is managing its finances in compliance with the law.

Access to Capital

  • We can help identify what sources of private or public funding make the most sense for a business. Once a business owner knows how much capital they need, here are options for where it may come from.
    • Use your own money and credit to “self-fund” or “bootstrap” your business capital.
    • Approach investors to share the financial load for a stake in the business.
    • Apply for a small business loan. This option helps business owners retain control over their business. Business owners need to provide lenders with business plans, expenses, financial statements and tax returns, and projections.
    • The Center partners with Lendistry, our preferred small business lender, whose mission is to provide responsible financing to small businesses, particularly those in under served communities. Lendistry works with the SBA for small business funding and is CDFI certified.

Marketing/Social Media

Web Development/Content Development:

    An online presence is a requirement, not an optional enhancement. Design is as important as function, and an existing website may need to be updated to optimize it as a tool for marketing and customer service.

Social Media:

We help business owners choose which platforms are the best ones to reach their ideal customers, how to establish a presence, and how to develop a strategy to gain a following and keep them engaged.