Announcing the Business Planning Series

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You are invited to attend:

Business Planning Series

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:00 AM until Tuesday, September 18, 2018 12:00 PM

Can’t seem to get your business off the ground?

Do you feel stuck and need a creative boost?

”Thinking big is still just thinking!”

 

A well written business plan takes time, patience, detail, research, and a right approach to presentation. Learn the ins and outs of how to create and implement a solid business plan.

This series is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs who are ready to create a business plan.

Participants will have the opportunity to present their business ideas in class and begin the writing process with guidance from a global expert in management and marketing.

*You can choose to attend only one session or attend all 6, depending on your unique needs.*

Session 1: Introduction to Business Planning – Aug. 14, 2018 10am-12pm

  • Defining the Purpose
  • Identifying Customers and Markets
  • Describing Products and Services
  • Setting Strategies and Tactics
  • Relating Numbers to Text
  • Developing the Plan

Session 2: Defining the Business – Aug. 21, 2018 10am-12pm

  • Describing the Company
  • Structuring the organization
  • Building a Management Team
  • Refining the Business Proposition
  • Conducting Feasibility Analyses
  • Outlining Implementation

Session 3. Strategic Planning – Aug. 28, 2018 10am-12pm

  • Targeting Customers• Characterizing the Market
  • Forecasting Sales
  • Managing Cash Flow
  • Understanding the Financials
  • Defining Business Goals

Session 4. Tactical Planning – Sept. 4, 2018 10am-12pm

  • Planning operations
  • Setting Milestones
  • Assigning Responsibility
  • Allocating Resources
  • Maintaining Timelines
  • Assessing Results

Session 5. Completing the Plan – Sept. 11, 2018 10am-12pm

  • Writing the Plan• Providing Financial Details
  • Using Charts and Graphs
  • Linking Dollars and Sense
  • Summarizing Sections
  • Preparing an Executive Summary

Session 6. Submitting the Plan – Sept. 18, 2018 10am-12pm

  • Using the Plan
  • Building Consensus
  • Persuading Lenders
  • Convincing Investors
  • Locating other Funding

LOCATION

WeWork Apollo

810 7th Street Northeast

Washington, DC 20002

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How to Make a Plan to Achieve Your Goals

Goals

After determining that your goal is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) you have to say to yourself, “How am I going to make it happen.”

No matter what goal you are trying to achieve, you will have to determine what your objectives are, and what activities you will engage in to help you meet those objectives. You will also have to determine what outcomes you expect to measure alongside those activities as you move towards your target date. Continue reading “How to Make a Plan to Achieve Your Goals”

How to Conduct a SWOT Analysis for Your Personal Goals

SWOT Analysis

Before you attempt to take on any goal, you must ask yourself do you have what you need to be successful in achieving that goal. A SWOT Analysis is a tool that helps you do just that.

SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. A SWOT Analysis a valuable tool that will give you a thorough lay of the land in which you operate. It will give you the knowledge you need to make sure you can properly lay out your goal game plan. Continue reading “How to Conduct a SWOT Analysis for Your Personal Goals”

Food Face Off: Milk Bar versus Buttercream Bakeshop

Cookies at Butter Cream Bakeshop

As I’ve mentioned time after time, DC is a foodie paradise. There are so many good eats here that one could go an entire year without eating the same deliciousness twice if they wanted to. The options presented to us by the culinary creatives here can seem overwhelming at times, but that’s why I’m here, to make your life easier by eating everything and telling you all about it.

Recently, I decided to try and find the best cookie in the city. My first stop was Milk Bar. I had been anticipating the coming of Milk Bar to DC for quite some time.   It’s popular in New York and I had heard that their cookies were to die for. Needless to say, when I saw one was coming to town I was estatic.

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How to Set SMART Goals for Your Life

SMART Goals

Have you ever said that there was something that you wanted to do, something that you wanted to have, or somewhere you wanted to go but never saw anything come of it? It’s nice to have dreams. To envision yourself in a better place, doing better things, or just being better, is wonderful.

Our dreams help us lay the foundation for where we want to go. However, if you never take the time to create a plan of action around your dreams, you aren’t setting goals, and goals are what you need if you want to turn your dreams into reality. Continue reading “How to Set SMART Goals for Your Life”

Recycling Fun with Food on a Bun

Halfsmoke

Randomly, I found myself getting off the Metro Bus in northwest DC a few blocks from my old office on U Street. I couldn’t have been more than two blocks from my stop before the clouds exploded, pouring down rain, with gusting winds, and bringing a flash flood. It was horrible. I was going to a press event and dressed in pumps. Running was definitely out of the question. Quickly, I scanned the landscape for a spot to hideaway and when I looked up I realized I was standing right in front of a fairly new restaurant I had never seen before. It was called Halfsmoke. I dash in and was immediately consumed by the mouth watering aroma of grilled meat. I had found paradise and the carnivore in me wanted to scream and do a dance of joy. I wanted that meat so badly that I was ready to say oh well it’s raining let’s eat! LOL ? Continue reading “Recycling Fun with Food on a Bun”

International Women’s Day: Wakanda and the Vision for Women in Africa

The female warriors of Wakanda’s Dora Milaje in Marvel’s 2018 film, “Black Panther,” are revered for their strength and beauty. This portrayal of these women has been heralded for its empowering message to little girls, particularly little Black girls.

Based on the recounts of many online, viewers have been emotionally swept by the images of bold, brave, kick-ass women, leaders in their own right. And although this is a powerful experience to have, we mustn’t forget that it isn’t real. Wakanda is a vision of an African nation we want to birth, not an African nation that currently exists.

“The harvest is now. We lack nothing. We are here and we are ready to determine our OWN destiny.”

And then Danai ended her speech with commanding us ONWARD in Wakandan like she would the Dora Milaje and so I am now inconsolable. #BlackWomeninHollywood pic.twitter.com/zLdfvjGVUW

— Sylvia Obell (@SylviaObell) March 1, 2018

It’s true that many African cultures are perceived to be matriarchal, and certainly many follow a matriarchal lineage when it comes to status and ethnic identity. However, the status of women all over the continent is a far cry from those of the fabled Dora Milaje.

In 2018, women in Africa suffer higher rates of poverty, are significantly less educated than their male peers, hold far less political positions than men, and lack access to capital, a vital component for economic empowerment. Violence against women is rampant, including female genital mutilation, and little girls are still married off as child brides in alarming numbers.

Continue reading “International Women’s Day: Wakanda and the Vision for Women in Africa”

Food Adventure: National Bagel Day at Bullfrog Bagels

When I was in grad school, I had a very close friend who happened to be Jewish. He was a bagel fanatic and he taught me tons about the history of bagel making by Jewish people. He would go on and on about how real bagels should taste. I would laugh at him for being so picky. However, I must say that after spending so much time with him hunting for that authentic bagel flare, I have become a bit of a bagel snob. If my bagel isn’t chewy and if it has the consistency of Wonder Bread, I’m gonna be upset!

Imagine my joy when I discovered that I had a magical bagel shop right in my neighborhood that serves up fresh baked bagels with their own in house cream cheese. Joy, complete joy, that’s all I can say about the feeling I got from eating my first Bullfrog bagel.

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