YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

While it may appear to be easy to start a business, an American Express report stated “88% of small businesses do not make more than $100,000.”

YWCA is hoping to change this statistic by offering mentoring, business leadership skills and access to funding to our community entrepreneurs. Register for a multi-week course based on the GUIDED Business Plan™ training series written by Melanie Rae. You will receive clear instructions to build a better business.

What you can expect to learn:

  • The who, what, where, why and how of your business idea – will it make the money you want to earn?
  • Who may be the easiest customer who will say YES to you
  • How you can introduce your product or service to those who will pay what you’re asking for
  • How to launch, operate and finance your business
  • Introductory business terms so you can build your confidence as a business owner

What is included:

  • Printed GUIDED Business Plan™ book — an on-the-go tool to organize your ideas to generate sales
  • GUIDED Budget – a free, easy to use spreadsheet to determine how much your business could make
  • GBP Style Sheet – a free document to format your business plan to present to lenders, family, friends and other stakeholders
  • Personalized advice as you write your plan in class PLUS one-on-one consulting
  • Inspiration from others in your community who are growing a small business

Who this course is for:

  • Aspiring or budding entrepreneurs
  • Main street and “mom & pop” businesses
  • Part-timers – farmers market vendors, online sellers
  • Small businesses and job creators
  • Full-time employees looking to start a business

Training Dates:

Will occur in 2020 – may tentatively move to 2019




YWCA Metro Chicago
One N. LaSalle, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL  60602-4039

Facilitated by:

Vincent Williams, Vice President of Economic Empowerment

For further information please contact us:

Email: molly.silverman@ywcachicago.org
Website: www.ywcachicago.org
Instagram: @ywcachicago

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