Thinking about starting a business? You're not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans catch the entrepreneurial spirit, launching small businesses to sell their products or services. In fact, given the new economic reality of our time, more people than ever before have found the "job" they thought was waiting for them doesn't exist. Others have come to the conclusion that they would rather create work they love, constructed to fit with their own life goals.
Many times entrepreneurs are starting a business based on an idea, but lack personal hands-on experience of running a business from all aspects. The more you know about starting a business, the more power you have to form a business that develops into a lasting source of income and satisfaction.
BiGAUSTIN’s Start Smart program provides all the key essentials for starting and operating a business.
Start Smart provides practical business training, helping students hone the skills they need to create, manage, and grow a small business. In addition the start smart program connects entrepreneurs with business insights, leadership skills and professional networking connections so you can create new business or expand an existing enterprise.
Start Smart is a 14-session course designed for people who want to start a business and need the skills to test the feasibility of their business concept. Participants develop a business plan which acts as the blueprint for their start-up venture.
Start Smart Students Benefit from:
- Completing Feasibility Study
- Cultivating a Business Plan
- Insight into Marketing & Market Research
- Understanding Financials
- Knowledge of Legal Considerations
- Access to Expertise
- Working with other aspiring like-minded entrepreneurs
Instructor: Matt Sparks
Matt Sparks has worked in finance for much of the past two decades, including the mortgage and equipment leasing companies he founded, for which he raised more than $6M in investment capital. He's now the president of Idea Labs Consulting. He has also launched businesses in real estate, construction, supplements, apparel, publishing, athletic equipment, and even a haunted house, rounding out his finance experience with roles in sales, marketing, and operations. He grew up in rural Iowa, competed as a multi-sport college athlete, and currently enjoys mountain sports, travel, gardening, creative writing, and teaching entrepreneurship in his limited free time. He earned a BA in English Literature from Lehigh University and an MBA from Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship.
Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify & reside in the City of Austin.
- Must reside in Austin city limits
- Meet income guidelines. Example if you are in a household of 3 making less than $56,050 would pre-qualify for a scholarship from the city of Austin.
7 week course – 14 session dates
January 17, 19, 23, 26, 30
February 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 21, 23, 27
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Classes are held at:
BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center
5407 North IH-35
Note: We are located in Capital Plaza shopping center – Chase Bank building – 2nd flr.
Please make arrangements for children; there is no child care available in our offices.
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BiGAUSTIN is Central Texas’ single-source solution for entrepreneurial education, tailored business counseling and flexible loans.