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The Business Roadmap Program is a series of 8 start-up workshops detailing the essentials for your business. The program is open to anyone interested in learning about small business. Although attending classes in order is encouraged, you may attend any individual class on any particular date without having attended prior classes. The program is also offered in Spanish. Upon completion of all eight classes, participants will receive a certificate of completion and may be eligible for additional opportunities to assist with your business success.

Infórmase sobre la serie de Mapa Para Su Negocio.

 


1. How to Start a Business in Arizona

This workshop will lay down the foundational knowledge that a new business owner would need to know and consider when launching a business. The roadmap style of this session will provide the attendee with the foresight on creating their business plan according to the initial framework needed to start a new business venture.

Cesar Chavez Library

Wednesday, February 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Burton Barr Central Library

Tuesday, February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Juniper Library

Monday, March 2 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Cesar Chavez Library

Wednesday, March 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning February 3.

Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center

Wednesday, May 6 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning March 7.

​2. The Legal Ins and Outs of Startups

As new business owners narrow down the focus of their “big idea”, much of what assists this idea stage process is to understand the variety of legal entities available for small businesses to operate under. This workshop will provide the breakdown of permitting, licensing, insurance and other necessary considerations for a successful enterprise.

Cesar Chavez Library

Thursday, February 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Burton Barr Central Library

Thursday, February 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Juniper Library

Tuesday, March 3 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Cesar Chavez Library

Thursday, March 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning February 4.

Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center

Thursday, May 7 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning March 8.

3. Understanding Your Target Market and Value Proposition

The ReferenceUSA database is one of the most valuable and resourceful tools offered by public libraries, and is accessible at no cost to Phoenix Public Library cardholders. This session shows how ReferenceUSA can be utilized to broaden the awareness of a business’s customer base by creating strategic marketing plans and understanding/defining the competition. An additional workshop will be provided on branding and how to use your brand to grow the value of your business. 

Burton Barr Central Library

Tuesday, February 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Cesar Chavez Library

Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Juniper Library

Monday, March 9 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Cesar Chavez Library

Wednesday, March 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning February 10.

Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center

Wednesday, May 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning March 14.

4. Evaluating and Estimating Your Costs and Pricing, Part 1

An introduction to examining how and why financial literacy is so important to starting and maintaining a successful business. The workshop will review basic accounting methods, examine financial statements and illustrate the value of understanding the business’s bottom line.

Cesar Chavez Library

Thursday, February 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Burton Barr Central Library

Thursday, February 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Juniper Library

Tuesday, March 10 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Cesar Chavez Library

Thursday, March 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning February 11.

Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center

Thursday, May 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning March 15.

5. Evaluating and Estimating Your Costs and Pricing, Part 2

A continuation of the previous session, this workshop will build upon what was learned by teaching the skills needed to create a 12 month cash flow, show how to avoid financial mistakes, and identify methods to grow your business. 

Burton Barr Central Library

Tuesday, February 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 19.

Cesar Chavez Library

Wednesday, February 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 20.

Juniper Library

Monday, March 16 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 16.

Cesar Chavez Library

Wednesday, March 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning February 17.

Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center

Wednesday, May 20 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Register for this workshop.

​6. Building Your Sales Projections and Setting Milestones

Participants will use all the skills learned in the previous sessions to build the foundation for smart business forecasting. This session will develop the visionary component of entrepreneurship and business growth.

Cesar Chavez Library

Thursday, February 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 21.

Burton Barr Central Library

Thursday, February 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 21.

Juniper Library

Tuesday, March 17 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 17.

Cesar Chavez Library

Thursday, March 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning February 18.

Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center

Thursday, May 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

​7. Access to Capital

One of the most pressing concerns in every entrepreneur's mind is quick access to a cash flow pipeline in order to launch their new venture. This session will define the various methods of raising the initial investment needed to pilot a new business. Various options will be reviewed including: bank loans, venture capital, angel investing and crowdfunding.

Burton Barr Central Library

Tuesday, February 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 26.

Cesar Chavez Library

Wednesday, February 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 27.

Juniper Library

Monday, March 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 23.

Cesar Chavez Library

Wednesday, March 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning February 24.

Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center

Wednesday, May 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

​8. Launching Lean

Rather than a rapid startup, this session will nail down the most accurate methods to begin a lean, new venture by cutting out the extra luxuries. The workshop will also provide the means to begin applying an individual growth strategy that works for their business model.  

Cesar Chavez Library

Thursday, February 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 28.

Burton Barr Central Library

Thursday, February 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 28.

Juniper Library

Tuesday, March 24 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning January 24.

Cesar Chavez Library

Thursday, March 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Register for this workshop beginning February 25.

Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center

Thursday, May 28 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Register for this workshop.

Questions?
Please contact us by email: hive@phoenix.gov


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