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Help! I don't know how much I should charge for my product or service- April 25th

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Help! I don't know how much to charge for my product or service

Date April 25th

Time 9:30am - 11:30am

Location Alternatives FCU, 2nd floor

Cost $35

Please register here.

About the class

In this session we will take the mystery out of setting a price for your product or service. We will look at how to determine the costs that go into creating your work. This includes the actual material costs and overhead expenses.

Equipped with this information and an understanding of planning for profit, you will feel confident in setting your prices in your business.

Is my business flying blind in a snowstorm?- May 30th

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Is my business flying blind in a snowstorm?

Date May 30th

Time 9:30am - 11:30am

Location Alternatives FCU, 2nd floor

Cost $35

Please register here.

In this session we will consider the topic of financial management. Being a pilot and flying your business requires an instrument panel.

Your financial management instrument panel includes the Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Statement, & Cash Flow Projections. Without understanding these basic instruments it is impossible to understand the trajectory of your business- whether you are heading up, up and away or about to nosedive into a mountain.

Money Smart for Small Business- June 6th & 13th

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Money Smart For Business

Date June 6th & 13th

Time 8:30am - 4:30pm

Location Alternatives FCU, 2nd floor

Cost $150

Lunch will be provided, a vegetarian option is available. This workshop takes place over two full days.

Please register here.

About the class

Money Smart for Small Business (MSSB) provides a practical introduction to topics related to starting and managing a business.

We include 12 modules listed below that cover a wide range of interests and knowledge level

1. Is Owning an business a Good Fit for You?
2. Planning for a Healthy Business
3. Managing Cash Flow
4. Banking Services
5. Organizations Types
6. Time Management
7. Financial Management
8. Record Keeping
9. Risk Management
10. Insurance
11. Tax Planning and Reporting
12. Selling a Business and Succession Planning

Bills are stacking up, expenses growing, and sales are slow! How do I avoid the cash crunch?- June 20th

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Bills are stacking up, expenses growing, and sales are slow! How do I avoid the cash crunch?

Date June 20th

Time 9:30am - 11:30am

Location Alternatives FCU, 2nd floor

Cost $35

Please register here.

In this session you will learn what a cash flow projection is and how to manage your cash in accordance with a plan.

A cash flow management plan can ward off serious problems and empower you to make the best possible decisions regarding how to spend your business dollars on a day to day basis. 

She Means Business- July 22nd - 26th

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She Means Business

Date July 22nd - 26th

Time 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location Alternatives FCU, 2nd floor

Cost $150

*Scholarships available. Please contact kclark@alternatives.org

Please register here.

About the class

This is a week long workshop for girls ages 13-16.

Lunch and snacks will be provided. A vegetarian option is available. Please feel welcome to bring your own if you have other dietary restrictions.

During She Means Business, participants learn about the myriad steps necessary to develop a small business. From evaluating business ideas to building financial projections to retail pricing, the young women who participate in this week-long workshop gain valuable experience not taught elsewhere. As they receive instruction and advice from successful, local female business owners, the students also have the opportunity to network—both with the business owners and each other.

This workshop culminates in a final presentation of the participants’ business development plans to a mock funders’ panel. Panelists then provide individualized feedback to help the young women take the next steps toward entrepreneurship. Not only does this workshop educate local young women about entrepreneurship and offer them hands-on experience developing their business ideas, it also facilitates a network of local business women of all ages who can offer their support and expertise as these young women navigate the business world. It is our hope that through providing opportunities for education, feedback, and networking, these young women will have the practical knowledge they need to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors.