Starting a Business with Launch & Grow

January 12, 2018

You have a passion and a great idea for a business – but what do you do next? For that matter, what do you do first? Starting a business can feel like an overwhelming task. The Pappajohn Center offers Launch & Grow, a 10 week program designed to help entrepreneurs and business owners maximize the likelihood of success. From licenses to bookkeeping to marketing to setting up shop, all aspects of launching a business will be covered.

When you’re starting a business or looking to expand your existing business, having a plan is key. According to a research study from the Cranfield School of Management, businesses that plan, track against that plan, and then adjust the plan as needed grow 30% faster than those that don’t. Launch & Grow teaches you how to research, develop, and write detailed business plans. Launch & Grow uses LivePlan, an award-winning business plan software that simplifies business planning, budgeting, forecasting, and performance tracking for small businesses and startups. A six month subscription to LivePlan is included with course tuition.

Launch & Grow is not only for new businesses. Patrick Palmer of The Computer Guy already had his business established when he took Launch & Grow in 2008. Patrick said, “I had been in business full time for 2 years.  My dad had just passed away and I knew I needed some new mentors and business advice. I didn’t know as much as I thought I did and immediately put some of the things I learned into practice. Without Launch & Grow I wouldn’t be where I am today and my business wouldn’t have grown.”

Launch & Grow can help you make your business goals a reality. Or, if you’re ready, call NIACC Continuing Education at (641) 422-4358  with the course number (111453) to enroll.

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