Make it Happen in the Mon Valley

Make it Happen in the Mon Valley is an interactive workshop designed to help you determine if starting a business is right for you and how to begin searching for the “right” business for you.

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The First Step: Mechanics of a Small Business

This workshop is specifically designed for individuals who have never operated their own business or who want to take it from their garage to a storefront. You will learn the steps necessary to start a new enterprise as well as how to avoid some common pitfalls.

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The Second Step: Creating a Business Plan

Successful business owners have a vision and develop a plan to achieve their vision. A business plan is one tool successful business owners use that guide their businesses’ growth –
addressing strategic, financial and operational issues. As you search for funding options, it is invaluable in garnering the support critical to the growth of your business.

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The Third Step: Refining Key Areas of Your Business Plan

As you work to establish and grow your business, you need to pay special attention to defining your target audience, determining budgets and financing needs. An
experienced Institute consultant will meet with a small group of emerging business owners to provide a forum where critical issues are discussed and solutions explored. Emerging business owners leave each session with templates on which to build their business.

This is an ongoing program throughout the year.

Individualized Consulting

Institute business consultants meet one-on-one with emerging and existing small business owners to work with these individuals to establish and grow their businesses. Consulting focuses on finding practical solutions to business problems. It is confidential and provided at no fee.

Urban Power to Prosper Program

The Urban Power to Prosper program provides small business owners a unique opportunity to work on your business instead of only in it. Throughout the nine-month program, you will receive help planning, achieving and managing the long term success of your business. The topics covered in the course include: Access to capital, Financial management, Strategic planning, Sales strategies, Access to new markets, and Managing human resources.


For more information regarding any of these programs, email or call 412-648-1544.