Smart Start: Developing a Successful Business
Do you dream of starting your own business, but don’t know where to begin? How do you validate your startup idea before you quit you day job? What chance does your idea have of being profitable? It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the early stages of launching a company. Learn the first steps to starting a business your own business and how to pave the way to success. This workshop will outline the first steps you need to take, how to create a business plan, and how to get a handle of the finances from the start.
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: OzSBI Conference Room
Register: Click Here to register online.
Deadline to register is Friday, March 8, at 2 p.m.
Light refreshments will be provided.
As the Financial Administrator, Ila Sloan manages OzSBI’s microloan programs, the finances of the incubator, mentors clients and teaches workshops. She moved to West Plains with her husband Mark from San Antonio, Texas, and brought with her over 25 years of banking experience. Ila most recently worked for the Bank of San Antonio as their Credit Manager where she managed the credit analyst department responsible for reviewing, monitoring and underwriting new and existing commercial loans. Ila graduated from Baker University in 2005 where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
As the Executive Director, Heather W. Fisher oversees all OzSBI’s programs, recruits new clients, and mentors businesses. She is a certified Business Advisor with GrowthWheel and LaunchU. Heather moved to the West Plains in 1998 and with her husband Chrys and has two sons. She holds a Masters in Social and Economic Development from Washington University. Previously, Heather served in the Peace Corps, was the Economic Developer of Thayer and Oregon County, and owned a grant writing business.
Darrell has spent his professional career assisting small business owners. Darrell brings a decade of experience with the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and another decade of accounting experience. In the 1990s, he worked in the tax accounting field as an IRS Enrolled Agent, able to represent clients on tax audits and appeals, and earned an associate's degree in Accounting in 1998. In 2000, he completed his bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship before starting several businesses of his own. In 2011, he "retired" from business ownership and became coordinator of the SBTDC in West Plains. He has worked as SBTDC Director in Missouri, Illinois and Florida in addition to working as Director of Economic Development for a small Midwestern city. He has earned certifications as a business coach, instructor in multiple entrepreneurship curricula, and is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) by the National Development Council. He returned to West Plains in May 2018 and is completing his Master's degree in Business Administration.