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Small Business Start-up Consulting
Starting a new business can be confusing and overwhelming. It’s tough to know when you’ve done enough prep work to get started, without waiting so long you go out of business without ever getting your feet moving. Our small-biz staff have extensive experience helping new entrepreneurs and business owners get organized, so they can get the business off the ground as quickly as possible while avoiding the pitfalls that can bring plans to a screeching halt.
We will work with you and your leadership team (even if that’s just you!) to examine your plans, think through opportunities and obstacles, and help make sure you haven’t missed any key steps in starting out right!
- Business Plan Review
An experienced consultant will go through your business plan with you. We’ll make sure you understand the plan and help you put together an approach to implement it.
- 25-point Startup Checklist
When you’re starting a business, there are many details and areas to get set up. Our 25-point review helps insure you haven’t missed anything major. We’ll review possible obstacles, make sure you have the right resources lined up, and more.
- Organizational basics (legal structure, etc.)
As part of our start-up consulting, we’ll help you look at your organizational basics to ensure you’ve protected yourself, set up the right presentation to customers and clients, and organized the work and people for the best chance at success.
- Sales and business development planning
We work with you to make sure you have a solid plan for initial customer acquisition, and for long-term business continuity and growth.
- Leadership development
Your leadership team (even if that’s just you!) will have a huge influence on the viability of the business over time. We can help make sure your team is given the right kind of leadership to move forward, leveraging the strengths of the individuals without losing your vision as the founder.
- Team building
Teamwork isn’t just about finding a handful of good people and putting them together. Teams need the right culture, internal ground rules (often unwritten), and shared approach to get the best from each person. With good teamwork, your team becomes more than just those individuals.
- Process planning
Many small businesses struggle to build effective processes. With a small number of people (most wearing multiple hats) and the business constantly evolving around you, it’s important that processes and procedures fit the needs of the organization. What works for an established business can be poison to a start-up.
- Product/service definition
If you aren’t clear on what you’re offering to your clients, how can they decide they need your help? Let us help you define your products and services in a way that speaks to the clients and customers you’re trying to reach.
Whether you’re just starting to plan the start-up, or you’ve been in business a while and want to make sure you aren’t missing something important, we can help move your small business forward!