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Oregon Small Business Development Center Network

Start, Run, and Grow

 


"Start, Run, and Grow" is a four part course:

Start, Run, and Grow #1: Entrepreneurship

In this course, Tim Berry, business-planning expert and course creator, talks about his own history as a small-business owner and provides examples and answers to common questions for new business startups. This course consists of 4 modules, approximately 3 hours to complete.

Start, Run, and Grow #2: How to Budget and Forecast Your Business

In this course, learn the difference between startup and ongoing expenses, how expenses vs. assets are treated for tax purposes, how to create a sales forecast for your business, how to create an expense budget for your business, and the important difference between profits and cash. This course consists of 5 modules and should take approximately 3 hours to complete.

Start, Run, and Grow #3: How to Market your Business

In this course, learn what a target market is and what it means for your business, what is it that makes your customers buy from you, how marketing is different from sales, and how to create a brand for your product or service. It also covers what to think about when developing a website for your business. This course consists of 4 modules and takes approximately 3 hours to complete.

Start, Run, and Grow #4: How to Raise Money for Your Business

In this course, learn about different methods to finance a new business, how to build your management team and how to hire employees, the differences between a business pitch and a business plan, and how to create and use plan vs. actual forecasts for your business. This course consists of 4 modules and takes approximately 3 hours to complete.

Comments from people who have taken the Start, Run and Grow course:
“All the information was presented in simple terms and easy to understand manner, with a good mix of audio and visuals.”

“Tim Berry is friendly and knowledgeable in his discussion. He breaks through the fear barriers of starting up by first showing his own background in business, and secondly, breaking down the first stages of start-up tasks. I especially enjoyed his encouragement to begin.”


 

About the Instructor:
Tim

Tim Berry is an entrepreneur and published business author. He is the founder of bplans.com and the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software, makers of LivePlan, the world’s bestselling software for writing business plans. Berry also helped launch Borland International, a publicly-traded company.