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Raising Capital I – Taking on Investors

Ages 16+

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

There is a lot of pre-work that you have to do to make your company ready for investors.  In this class, learn what types of documents you need, costs that you need to budget for, and what it really means for your business when you take on investors and the new levels of responsibility you need to take on when you start using other people’s money.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

This course can be applied towards the Entrepreneurship Certificate from SunDown Group.

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Finance II – Running the Business

Ages: 16+

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

Launching a business is hard.  Keeping it running is even harder.  To help you keep your business going, you need to put financial controls in place to know when your business is succeeding or when things start to become a struggle.  In this class, you will learn how to setup those controls for your business, understand how to monitor them, and learn what to do when something starts to get out of control.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

This class can be applied to the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program offered by SunDown Group

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Finance I – Introduction to Business Financials

Ages 16+

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

Accounting is Fun! – Well, not really, but accounting is one of those things that you just need to learn at a very basic level to be able to make sure you company is running well, has cash to pay its bills, and detect any problems or identify areas of opportunity.  This session will walk you through some of the core accounting documents and how to use them in the management of your business.  You will learn how to build a pro-forma cash flow statement, balance sheet, and P&L statement.  You will also get access to tools that will help you create these important documents for your startup or existing business.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

This course is part of the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program from SunDown Group

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Marketing I – Intro to Marketing Planning

Ages 16+

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

Marketing is what gets your product or service into the hands of your customers, but how do you know when your marketing is effective and how do you even reach your customers.  Marketing planning is an important first step in launching your marketing efforts to make sure you attract the right kinds of customers that will keep coming back to you to continue to buy more.  This class will teach you the quick fundamentals and give you the tools to put together a marketing strategy that will work for your business.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

This course is part of the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program from SunDown Group

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Product and Service Creation I – Evaluating Your Idea

Ages 16+

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

Believe it or not Innovation and Creativity is a process. You actually have to work at it to come up with ideas. Very rarely does lightning just strike your brain, unless your idea is a lightning rod directly attached to your skull, but I digress. This session will walk you through some of the strategies and activities you can do to come up with ideas for your next great product or service and evaluate that idea to see if there are actually customers willing to buy.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

The course can be applied to the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program from SunDown Group

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Forming Your Business II – Setting The Stage for Success

When you set out to form your business, you need to also think about the end.  How will you exit the business?  Do you want to sell it, take it public, pass it on to future generations, or just shut it down when you are done?  Success takes on different forms and this session will help you prepare for it.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

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Forming Your Business I – Introduction

Ages: 16+
Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

We will talk about what kinds of businesses can you form and why you would choose one type over the other, what goes into creating a business, and paths to becoming a full-time entrepreneur and small business owner.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

Read more →

Raising Capital I – Taking on Investors

There is a lot of pre-work that you have to do to make your company ready for investors.  In this class, learn what types of documents you need, costs that you need to budget for, and what it really means for your business when you take on investors and the new levels of responsibility you need to take on when you start using other people’s money.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

Read more →

Forming Your Business II – Setting The Stage for Success

When you set out to form your business, you need to also think about the end.  How will you exit the business?  Do you want to sell it, take it public, pass it on to future generations, or just shut it down when you are done?  Success takes on different forms and this session will help you prepare for it.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

Read more →

Finance II – Running the Business

Inventory costs, accounts receivable, accounts payable, expenses, capital costs, and all of that other fun stuff is part of running a business.  Knowing your inflows and outflows of cash is paramount in running a successful business.  This session will help you understand what goes into putting together a system to keep your books up-to-date and make sure your company isn’t hemorrhaging money.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

Read more →