Welcome! I am so glad we found each other!!! I know you probably have a long list of goals that you want to accomplish in your business this year. Or, you may be so overwhelmed with your losses from the previous year that you do not even know where to start for the new year.
I know how you feel.
Since I started my business, there have been quite a few January's where I feel ready to conquer the new year and then there have been January's where I want to hide under my bed and wait out the next 364 days. My struggle with anxiety and depression did not help, but over the years, I have steadily developed a practice that helped me focus my thoughts and prepare my mind for the start of a new year regardless of how I ended the previous year.
I take a deep breath and by ask myself three questions:
1.) Am I ready to put my hand to the plow and put the necessary work into preparing my soil (business) so I can reap a future harvest from the seeds (work/investment) I have put into my business?
2.) What is one thing I can do today (whatever day it is) to begin moving my business forward?
3.) Who can I ask to help me with the goals I cannot do alone?
I am bold enough to say the answer to all three questions can be found by joining the Small Business Institute(SBI)!
What is the Small Business Institute?
The Small Business Institute, otherwise known as SBI, offers new and aspiring small business owners and nonprofit founders the opportunity to participate in online webinars, group coaching sessions and power planning work sessions that will equip them with the skills and strategies needed to start, maintain and grow a successful business.
The 2017& 2018 SBI theme is: STRATEGY. A focus on strategy will help you prepare for the future by assisting you with creating and implementing action plans that will help you grow a thriving business. You will also learn about the benefits of forming STRATEGIC COLLABORATIONS with other sisterpreneurs as a way to grow your business and expand your brand.
SBI will run in three cycles: Spring (April-June), Summer (July-September) & Fall (October-December). Each cycle will run for 90 days and focus on a specific aspect of business development. There will be room for 10 women in each session.
Cycle #1: April-June
Strategic Focus: Your Goals, Your Customer, Your Business
You will learn about and set SMART goals; identify your ideal customer or client and where to find them; identify your competitor(s); create a marketing plan (including a social media plan); and create a budget.
Cycle #2: July-September
Strategic Focus: Business Action Plan
Begin the ground work for creating a winning business plan using a custom business plan template. You will create a detailed outline for your business plan.
Cycle #3: October-December
Strategic Focus: 2 year Strategic Plan
Complete a draft strategic plan for the next two years of your business. Your plan will include your mission and vision statements, objectives, action steps, SWOT analysis, competitive analysis and financial plan.
To participate in the SBI, participants must have:
*started a business within the last five years
*mission statement & vision statements
*a list of products or services
How can the SBI help you?
As a SBI participant, you will:
*network with other likeminded business owners and form collaborative relationships
*gain new skills and access resources that will help you develop and grow your business
*get assistance from an expert with creating business forms and policies
*set SMART goals and accomplish more in your business
*complete a two (2) year strategic action plan, marketing plan and/or business action plan
...and there's more help for you!
*Biweekly group coaching sessions with me via video conference;
*Workbooks and business templates;
*Power planning sessions so you can work on your strategic action plan, marketing plan or business action plan while getting real time feedback and assistance from an Expert Faciliator and SBI participants;
*Opportunities to share your own expertise, advise, knowledge and skills;
*Access to webinars that will help you build knowledge and skills in several areas of business development;
*Access to a private Facebook Page where you can network with other SBI members and industry experts and access resources for growing your business
"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."