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A six-week course that covers the core competencies needed to start a small business.
A four-week advanced class building on your business skills, using your own business as the textbook.
A four-week class focused on the completion of your business plan. See below for requirements.
Get Your Business Started the Right Way
This popular six-week course covers the essentials needed to start a small business, and business plan requirements. Students learn about marketing, cash flow operations, business registration, credit and everything else necessary in the first year of a business. Our interactive format empowers students to apply concepts learned in class directly to their business.
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As part of the coursework, be prepared to analyze your competition, set pricing, focus group your product or service, and build confidence to turn your idea into reality. All classwork and homework contribute to completing your business plan.
Cost: $175 (partial scholarships available)
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 Sections (classes open for registration about one month prior)
Foundations II has finally arrived! Business Foundations II, a class designed for small business owners who have been in business for at least a year, helps take business owners to the next level in their business development.
This four-week course will dive deeper into your business practices including goal setting, time management, developing a long-term marketing plan and strategy, pricing your product or service, hiring employees, and managing business finances, including cash flow projections, and profit and loss. Click here for Course Outline.
Cost: $200 (scholarships not available)
2014 Open Sections: (classes open for registration about one month prior)
Mondays 4-7pm - February 24 to March 17
Foundations 2 is ideal for business owners who want to know:
Mercy Corps Northwest hosts the only Women’s Business Center in Oregon, providing funds and other resources to help entrepreneurs become self-sufficient.
Is your business plan only partially completed?
Does the financial section intimidate you?
Not sure where to go from here?
Mercy Corps Northwest loan applicants and clients who have completed our Business Foundations I course are invited to participate in a new Business Plan Intensive pilot program. This brief course is intended to get you loan ready - whether you’re applying for funding (loan or IDA) with Mercy Corps Northwest, or with a traditional financial institution.
Not only will this course bridge the gap between the end of your business classes and the launch of your enterprise, it will help you to formalize your newfound insights into a bankable plan. It’s time to bring the pieces together and put your Plan to Paper.
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I really grew my vision and my own confidence as an entrepreneur in this class. I walked in quite fearful of how much work it was going to take to start my business. I walked out with so much knowledge and a clear understanding of what I need to do. I am so grateful to have found Mercy Corps Northwest, and I will definitely be staying in touch to do more. Excellent!
I appreciate that the class was so engaging. If all my instructors in school had been as helpful and enthusiastic, I would have done much better. I truly enjoyed this class and feel like I can succeed.
The teachers were excellent, and the course was well-designed. I felt like my money and time were well spent.
In order to receive a full refund, you must cancel your enrollment one week prior before the start of the Foundations class. No refunds will be issued within one week of the start date of the Foundations class.
Need to make up a class?
Please be aware that you cannot miss more than two classes of Foundations 1. If you miss two or fewer, you may make them up by finding an open course.