Mapping Your Business Model Learning Lab

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Joe & Vi Jacobs Center

404 Euclid Avenue

San Diego, CA 92114

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RISE Nonprofit and Small Business Training

Mapping Your Business Model Learning Lab

Simplifying the process of starting and building an organization

September 16 - November 16, 2017

Note: Pre-registration for this course is required. Space is limited. Walk-up or late registration is not available.

Do you have an idea for a nonprofit, small business, or project, or are you already in the early years of its launch? How do you get started developing a strategic business model for your organization built with sustainability in mind and begin successfully implementing your strategies?

The Mapping Your Business Model Learning Lab is a 9-week course that introduces the basic concepts of business development and provides a structured way to think about, analyze, and develop a sound business model for your organization. Business models include business, strategic, and sustainability planning components allowing for the development of a business development document. In this series of trainings, you will learn how to identify one core concept and write one business document to start or strengthen your organization or project.


The Learning Lab is divided into three components: Impact (September), Strategy (October), and Action (November). Each component offers a practice-based approach for business education and is designed so that participants learn about the theory of business development while practicing how to implement its steps. The labs are designed to build a participant’s knowledge and skills, from outlining an idea to writing a business model and then implementing a strategy to test the model.

Your nonprofit, business, or project is your coursework, allowing you to apply your learning to building your organization. These labs are fast-paced so each participant must make a commitment to come to the labs ready to work.


Impact: What is the one positive impact that your product or service can have to change lives for the better? In the Impact Lab, you will identify or re-examine your vision for change. You will practice: Designing Impact • Problem Solving • Business Modeling • How to Defend the First Choice for Your Model

Strategy: Is there a simpler and quicker way to create a business document that maps how to operate your organization? The Strategy Lab unites planning, strategy and sustainability into a business model. You will practice: One-page Plans • Strategic Thinking • Sustainability Models • How to Defend Your Selected Business Strategy

Action: Will you act on what is important to achieve your organization’s impact? The Action Lab teaches how to execute the important strategies in your business model. You will practice: Implementing Steps • Storytelling


  • Providing nonprofit or business services for less than three (3) years, or in pre-launch development phase for your organization or project

  • Commitment to three (3) Saturday sessions (9/16, 10/7, 11/4) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

  • Commitment to six (6) Thursday sessions (9/21, 9/28, 10/12, 10/19, 11/9, 11/16) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (light dinner provided)

  • Willingness to practice activities in class and share knowledge and experience with peers

  • Must use one real-world nonprofit, business, or project that you are currently working on/for or want to start as your lab project; team projects are welcome

  • Priority for nonprofits, businesses, or projects located in and/or directly serving Mid-City and southeastern San Diego


Pre-registration for this training series is required. Space is limited. Walk-up or late registration is not available.


Please email trainings@risesandiego.org with any questions about the Mapping Your Business Model Learning Labs.

This training opportunity is made possible by the County of San Diego:

HHSA Live Well San Diego

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