The Central Texas Business Resource Center is offering a 12-week class for entrepreneurs looking to launch their own startup.

First Step Business Planning Program is a course designed to teach owners and operators what is needed for startups and new business ventures, stated a news release from the organization.

“It is kind of like a college class where you will go out with completed information,” said Aimeé Nesse, a business resource counselor.

The resource center offers workshops on similar topics spread throughout the year, but in this 12-week course, people are learning and leaving with a finished project that can lead to their starting a business, she said. “Usually, we just give people an outline, but we are going to help you finish it, and help you get the information together.”

There is a great deal of mentorship offered by the instructors in this program, stated the release.

The course, which meets twice a week, details a practical, hands-on business planning program meant to hone the skills to create, manage and grow a business.

Those who enroll in the course will:

  • Develop a network of business startup and growth resources.
  • Complete a startup business plan to evaluate its concept to include an executive summary, product and services, market analysis, price and profitability analysis and plan for action.
  • Conduct market research, competitor analysis and learn ways to turn a business idea profitable.

The goal of this course is to provide a full course of work in teaching someone how to launch a business.

“It is more of a commitment than our normal workshops,” Nesse said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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