BOI's philosophy on our curriculum is simple - provide courses or workshops that are relevant to business owners and entrepreneurs, regardless of business stage, and provide the best value. Along that vein we have partnered with organizations, businesses, and individuals, both locally and nationally to provide what you need.
FastTrac® NewVenture™, an educational program designed to help participants evaluate and perfect their business concept -- ground zero for anyone interested in starting a business. FastTrac® allows the participants’ to use their own ideas as case studies, giving them an opportunity to test their venture in a safe and supportive environment.
This is a 10 week seminar held one night per week for 10 weeks.
* Determine the right business model for growth.
* Build a budget that supports your vision and strategic plan.
* Optimize the roles and responsibilities of your team.
Discover opportunities within your current business model and explore ways to expand and prepare for growth. Learn from successful entrepreneurs and subject matter experts who have built successful businesses (and have the scar tissue to prove it). FastTrac® is designed to provide business owners with information, tools and a growth network that is forged through relationships with other program participants.
This is a 10 week seminar held one day per week for 10 weeks.
For startups and well established companies both large and small. Includes deskstop planning CD along with templates, sample plans, sales calculators, scorecards and bonus tools.
A regular series of local experts with a different topic each time. Ranging from website, SEO, blogging, Social Media, Cloud Based, traditional media buying or creating and delivering your sales pitch. We cover it in this series.
A brand new series, sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg, LLP. Working with one of the premier law firms in the country, we will bring quarterly workshops about legal topics that affect every business owner and can help you make the right decisions about your business.
Written by Kelly Young, president, Baise Communications
Earlier this month, I found myself sitting around the table with some very smart, creative and talented women as part of the Central Indiana Women’s Business Center (CIWBC) Support Circles. This yearlong program is designed to serve as a forum for women to discuss issues that affect women in business – a program for women, led by women. The Indy Chamber best describes it as “a year-long program of women supporting women for leadership and growth.” I’ve offered to write about our monthly sessions because I believe the information is going to be worth sharing.
Friday’s topic was “authentic communication and getting/receiving feedback.” Some of us in the group are business owners, some are managers and directors, so our approach and examples varied, but what remained the same was our need to communicate effectively and efficiently whether it’s with other employees or clients.
My three top takeaways worth sharing:
1. Build relationships: Develop a relationship first with the person/people you are communicating with so you understand and respect their communication styles. Men and women are different, yes; but no matter our gender, we all want to be seen, heard and valued.
2. Gain awareness: Keep in mind, there’s always something bigger going on. Before communicating, first understand and be aware of what’s going on around you and around the person you’re communicating with, receiving feedback from, or giving feedback to.
3. Show up: Ask the question “how do I want to show up today?” to help you be a better communicator. It sounds like a simple question to ask, but it may be harder to answer.
Our 90 minutes went too fast – and next month seems too long to wait to get together again. Until then though, I look forward to putting into practice what we discussed. Most importantly, I look forward to finding the best way for me to be a more authentic and present communicator – personally and professionally.
One of the questions we get most often from BOI/CIWBC clients is "What is the best way to fund my idea?" This is the age old question that has been the challenge of all entrepreneurs since time immemorial. There are many options: traditional bank funding, microloans, angel investors, venture capital, and "bootstrapping" your business through slow growth without debt. In addition, crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular way to get the money you need to take your business to the next level.
The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was signed into law in 2012 and changed the rules regarding crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is defined as "the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet." Before the law was passed, investors had a long list of rules and regulations that they needed to adhere to in order to protect them from bad investments. The JOBS Act loosened those regulations so that anyone can invest in the small business or idea that they believe in.
This recently published story from PBS NewsHour answers a lot of questions about crowdfunding.
In addition, this blog post from Patrick McGinnis of the Huffington Post asks the important question "Will the JOBS Act Actually Create Any Jobs?" by outlining some of the potential risks of crowdfunding.
What this means to you, the entrepreneur, is this: Do ALL your homework. Look at all your options and explore your funding needs from all angles. The old adage "if something is too good to be true, it probably is" tends to hit home more often than not. You may be able to get started with less money than you anticipated. Always seek the advice of someone who is not emotionally or financially invested in your business - like one of BOI's Business Coaches - to help you make these life/business altering decisions.