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OCEAN Small Business Training - Winter session

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 9:00 PM (EST)

OCEAN Small Business Training - Winter session

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Deposit - to hold your spot Jan 23, 2019 $100.00 $7.72

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Are you living out the dream God has given you?

Entrepreneurship is the exhilarating and challenging path of bringing dreams to life. If God has called you to launch and grow a small business, it’s time to take a brave step forward! Come explore the intersection of faith and entrepreneurship and get equipped for your journey with OCEAN Small Business Training.

Our program provides business skills development, an opportunity to grow within meaningful community, and a set of tools based on Biblical principles to help you as you pursue your business dreams. 

Ocean Small Business Training is designed especially for small business entrepreneurs who are just starting to build out an idea, those who have launched in the past 1-2 years, or anywhere in between.

Our training program meets 4 hours, one day a week, for 9 weeks, then followed by six months, one session a month of group mentoring. This program also includes 2-3 hours of assignments that need to be completed each week outside of the scheduled sessions.

Dates/Times: 5-9pm, January 23rd - March 20th; dates and times for the 6 monthly mentoring sessions will be determined by the class later on.

Location: Vineyard Cincinnati Church in Springdale, OH

During the Program, You Will RECEIVE:
• 9 weekly sessions, 4 hours per week, focused on core commercial skills required to launch and run a small business
• Unique teaching and skill building on how faith and entrepreneurship intersect
• 6 monthly, mentor-led, group sessions following the completion of the 9 weeks of training
• A community of fellow founders and small business leaders participating with you
• An extensive handbook of all course materials and access to cloud-based business planning tools
• Access to mentors and subject matter experts to get advice and coaching

During the Program, We Will Help You CREATE:
• A detailed business strategy that is ready to evolve with your business
• Your company's mission statement
• A marketing plan focused on your customer
• Sales projections for the next year
• A simple, effective business pitch
• A clear financial runway
• Key performance indicators for gauging your business’ performance
• Metrics and a system for measuring personal success

Derived from Biblical principles and how Jesus lived his life, you'll GAIN TOOLS for: 
• Growing your faith and fruitfulness
• Pursuing essential relationships
• Building a consistent brand both for your life and for your business
• Developing yourself and others through Jesus’ discipleship model
• Stewarding your God-given resources wisely and strategically
• Creating sustainability through both work and rest as God designed
• Growing in relationship with God
• Selling in a way that honors others and fosters relationship

Price: $599 Total, $100 deposit due with registration
Are you wanting to attend with your business partner? Receive a special rate of just $299 for the second registration! Email with any questions regarding partner discounts.

Registration Details:

Register for training by purchasing a ticket here and telling us a little about you and your business! Registrations for each cohort are due 48 hours before the first session. A $100 deposit is due at time of registration to reserve your spot. You will receive a link in your confirmation email for paying the balance and full payment is required 24 hours prior to the start of the training. If not selected due to demand being higher than spots available or if the registration is withdrawn prior to the start of the training, the amount paid will be refunded. Once your training begins, no refunds are available.

Ocean is an independent non-profit living at the intersection of faith and entrepreneurship. We also offer networking events, a national conference and a high tech accelerator. Applicant emails will automatically be invited to receive our ongoing newsletter. Ocean is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) and welcomes applicants of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability or handicap, sex or gender.

We look forward to your registration and meeting you at one of our many community events!!


Sample of Weekly Curriculum:

Week 1

·     What Ocean Small Business Training is and how it works

·     Challenging your assumptions

·     Addressing personal obstacles

·     Aligning yourself with God’s design for work

·     Why Jesus is relevant to your life and business

·     Knowing who your customer is

·     The problem you’re solving

·     The alternatives to your business

·     Testing your ideas by walking with customers


Week 2

·     Review of the problem and the alternatives

·     The solution your idea offers

·     The benefit you give your customer

·     Your advantage in the market

·     Relational Health – Connecting Up, In, and Out

·     Crafting your message

·     Communicating your business through a pitch

Week 3

·     Developing a consistent brand identity

·     Choosing the right vehicle to deliver your message

·     Creating a marketing plan

·     Getting the customer to know, like, and trust You

·     Keeping and growing customers over time


Week 4

·     Scaling the vision down to start small

·     Critical services for starting a business

·     Legal needs for small businesses

·     Getting your product or service to your customer (distribution)

·     Getting paid for your product or service (revenue)

·     Determining your typical unit of sale or offering

·     Pricing your product/service

·     The process for discipleship and developing people

Week 5

·     Stewarding and growing your God-given resources

·     Identifying your startup needs & ongoing needs

·     Listing your fixed and variable costs

·     Determining your gross profit

·     Calculating your break-even point


Week 6

·     Review of your break-even point

·     Creating sales projections and using them to calculate how long it will take to break even

·     Understanding cash flow

·     Accounting needs

·     Creating sustainability through rhythms of work and rest


Week 7

·     Specialized help for your business from subject matter experts

·     Tools for growing spiritual capital


Week 8

·     Determining your goals & next steps

·     How to fund the business during launch

·     Fostering effective connection with others for selling


Week 9

·     Encouragement for the Journey

·     Increasing your capacity for impact

·     What to leave behind and what to take away

·     Celebrate your accomplishments with your group!

Have questions about OCEAN Small Business Training - Winter session? Contact Ocean Programs

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Vineyard Cincinnati Church
11340 Century Circle East
Springdale, Ohio 45246

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 9:00 PM (EST)

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Ocean is a non-profit that serves entrepreneurs by providing access to training, community, and a foundation of faith on which to launch new organizations. Ocean desires to help build healthy founders, teams, and companies. 

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