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Quick-Launch Business Plan – Part 1

Quick-Launch Business Plan – Part 1


Welcome to the Quick-Launch Business Plan
training session. This is the Quick-Launch Business
Plan session, brought to you by Virginia Commonwealth University’s START-UP-USA
and Griffin-Hammis Associates. This session covers multiple segments. Throughout
this presentation, we’ll be stopping so you can go off for a
day or two or a couple of hours, depending on your schedule, and work on your
business plan. Then you can come back to the next section. Throughout this session, you’ll be referring
to a variety of documents attached to the web site. You will be downloading
the documents. You will be following along, manipulating, editing, and
putting your own information into the documents. We’re going to start with how we
got to this point in the first place? Generally we recommend that you do a thorough
Discovery process. That’s an assessment process to figure out if self-employment
for a person happens to answer the two critical questions of discovery.
These two questions are: Who is this person? And, what are the ideal conditions
of employment for him/her? Discovery involves a series of interviews.
The interviews are on-site explorations to figure out who this person
is. Where is he or she at their best? What kind of supports does he or shee need
in a variety of environments? This happens through conversation. It often happens through
a team process. It’s an information-gathering process that allows
the people assisting the prospective business owner to figure out a good ecological
fit between the person and the business model. Now, you’re going to watch another presentation
by Michael Callahan on Discovery. It is referenced on the web site. You should be sure that before you’re starting
a business for somebody that you have done the Discovery assessment
process, unless you and the person are thoroughly convinced that it is
the business he or she absolutely, positively wants to get into. We highly recommend Discovery as the assessment
process and then a planning process to make sure that you’re going down
the right road for that person. We advise you to watch the presentation by
Michael Callahan on Discovery. Pay attention to what Michael has
to tell you. Then come back and go to the business planning portion.

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