Business Foundations Offers Two Time Slots in January

NEOEDD) offers a free, six-week workshop series to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners build the basis for a successful business. Register by Friday, Jan. 24 to reserve your seat. But, don’t wait—class size is limited! Link:

Lisa Dawson has taught “Business Foundations” for more than ten years, and her students—existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties—continue to give her rave reviews. This hands-on class covers the basics of running a successful business: overhead and inventory costs, goal-setting and sales projections, marketing, taxes and licensing, and other considerations, and brings it all together in a business plan.

Best of all, thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through City of La Grande, the classes are offered free of charge!

Business Foundations takes place:

  • La Grande: Tuesdays, Jan. 28 – Mar. 10 (No class Feb. 18); at IGNITE, 104 Depot St.
  • Baker City: Wednesdays, Jan. 29 – Mar. 11 (No class Feb. 19); at LaunchPad Baker, 2019 Main St.
  • Enterprise: Thursdays, Jan. 30 – Mar. 12 (No class Feb. 20); at Enterprise City Hall, 102 E North St., for afternoon class and Building Healthy Families, 207 E Park St., for evening class

Participants can choose to attend from 2 to 5 p.m. (1 to 4 p.m. in Enterprise) or 6 to 9 p.m.

Register by Friday, Jan. 24 by following this link ( or contact the office at 541-426-3598, 800-645-9454, or email. Preference is made to people with low-to-moderate incomes; income verification is required.

The workshops last six weeks, with the following topics:

  • Gaining Perspective: Consider your business concept.
  • Laying the Foundation: Define line of business and analyze financial essentials, from overhead costs to break-even point.
  • Getting into the Flow: Cover the financial essentials of cash flow, sales forecasting, and financial documents.
  • Mission & Markets: Revisit mission, discuss market research, and identify competitors in order to align with target markets.
  • Get the Word Out: Discuss creative marketing strategies and give peer feedback on marketing materials.
  • Goodbye & Good Luck: Present your business plan, share final pitch, and plan for next steps.

Here’s what former class participants have to say about the Foundations class:

  • “[I appreciated Lisa’s] low-key and helpful attitude, and her desire to help each of us regardless of our business choices.” –Participant in Halfway
  • “I hadn’t looked at break-even point, overhead costs, and marketing costs before this class.” –Participant in Enterprise
  • “[I valued] being able to get a grasp on my business intentions and the necessary work involved to be successful.” –Participant in Baker City

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