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NxLeveL for Entrepreneurs – Virginia City


Event: NxLeveL for Entrepreneurs - Virginia City

Presenter(s): Kathy Halbardier


NxLeveL for Entrepreneurs (also known as the “Existing Business Course”) is a 13-week, 40-hour course that gives entrepreneurs the professional knowledge and management skills they need to grow an existing business. Participants will learn to identify feasible opportunities for profitable and sustainable growth, and bring them to fruition by preparing a comprehensive business plan based on proven market research, financial management and project management.

 Topics taught include:

  • Introduction, Overview and Entrepreneurship
  • Planning and Research: Entrepreneurial Essentials
  • Planning and Research: Entrepreneurial Essentials: Business Research
  • Organizational Matters: Management and Legal Structure
  • Marketing: Analysis and Understanding
  • Marketing: Strategies, Tactics and Implementation
  • Financial Overview: Books, Records & Controls
  • Managing Your Money: Financial Planning and Budgets
  • Managing Your Money: Developing and Using Cash Flow Projections
  • Managing Your Money: Understanding and Using Your Financial Statements
  • Financing Your Business: Sources of Money
  • Green Business Opportunities: Environmental Solutions
  • Your Business Future: Negotiating, Managing Growth and Plan Completion

 Learning Objectives include:

  • Profitable growth and the entrepreneurial mindset; The NxLeveL Business Plan: your roadmap for growth; Setting goals and objectives for sustainable growth
  • Business planning and feasibility studies; The internal and external uses of a business plan; Market research for growth opportunities; The importance of networking
  • How your business structure affects your growth options; Legal issues that affect growing businesses; Managing the risks of growth; Building, motivating and managing teams; Outsourcing and growth
  • The impact of marketing on profitability; The need for market analysis; Identifying new markets and competitors; Using customer and competition profiles to analyze new market potential; Balancing the Four Ps
  • Building a global brand; Setting the right price in new markets; Maintaining excellent customer service during business growth; Choosing the right promotional tools for your growing business; Online marketing, sales and relationship management
  • Financial statements and their uses; How accounting systems guide growth; Preparing a Personal Financial Statement and current Business Balance Sheet; Using ratios to analyze Balance Sheet information; Examining bookkeeping and recordkeeping activities and controls
  • Budgeting for growth; How budgets provide performance feedback; Reviewing and adjusting budgets
  • Calculating the break-even point for your growth opportunity; Managing your cash flow cycle; Internal controls for cash management; Monthly and annual cash flow projections
  • Preparing the Monthly Projected Income Statement and understanding how it differs from the Cash Flow Projection; Developing a Projected Balance Sheet and comparing it with the Beginning Balance Sheet; Understanding the Statement of Owner’s Equity and Annual Statement of Cash Flows; Managerial uses of financial statements
  • Debt and equity financing for growth opportunities; Alternative financing sources; Preparing a financing proposal; Communicating your financial needs to lenders and investors
  • Green growth opportunities; Feasibility and benefits of greening your business; Energy efficiency and pollution prevention strategies; Green branding and marketing techniques; Assessing the competitive landscape for green business
  • Negotiating and managing deals and contracts; Avoiding the pitfalls of unmanaged growth; Project management, financial management and other tools for managed growth; Growing your supply chain; Completing your NxLeveL Business Plan

This premier training program for business owners & start-ups is priced at $395 in Reno and Las Vegas.  With confidence we are planning ahead, anticipating a funding source that will allow us to provide NxLeveL to your community at a significantly reduced fee of $95, which will be completely refunded to those who complete the course with 80% attendance (10 sessions) and a written business plan. In the unlikely event our funding does not materialize you will be refunded your full tuition and we will position ourselves to continue to seek this financial assistance keeping you informed as we progress.

About the Presenter(s):

Kathy Halbardier recently served as a business advisor, economic development specialist and business education instructor/trainer for the Nevada Small Business Development Center for more than a decade. She and her former business partner started Tahoe Ridge Winery and Marketplace 20 years ago, growing the business into one of the most prestigious establishments in the Carson Valley region.

Kathy is well known for her strategic partnering efforts and contributions in countless projects throughout northern Nevada that have affected our state’s business climate and economic development. She is enthusiastic about small business, has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs and continues to provide invaluable counsel and assistance to Nevada’s business communities.

Please note that classes will be held once a week on 13 consecutive Thursday evenings from 5:45 – 8:45 pm starting March 15 and ending June 7, 2012.

Date: March 15, 2012 - June 7, 2012

Time: 5:45 - 8:45pm

Location: Virginia City High School, The Training Room - 95 South R Street (use southeast parking area)

City: Virginia City

Fee: 95.00

Registration: Online or (800) 240-7094 or (775) 784-6879 or (775) 327-2340