A New 8-Week Business Planning Course Kicks Off This Month at the YWCA Women's Business Center
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Business planning course kicks off at YWCA Women’s Business Center

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The Women’s Business Center of Southern Arizona (WBC) has just announced that scholarships are being made available for the first 8-week Business Planning course of 2016.

Scholarships are available for female veterans thanks to a generous grant from the Connie Hillman Foundation.

Business planning course kicks off at YWCA Women's Business Center WomensBusinessCenterScholarships for women and minority entrepreneurs are available thanks to a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, which partially funds the Women’s Business Center.

The 8-week Business Planning Course is ideal for new businesses in the planning stages, for young companies or established businesses that need a fresh plan for a new market. Topics covered provide a foundation critical to running a successful business such as organization, operations, competitive analysis, market positioning, management and marketing. Participants will have weekly assignments as they work to complete their business plan by the end of the course.

“One of the biggest challenges facing women and minority entrepreneurs is access to capital,” said Marisol Flores-Aguirre, the Director of the WBC. “Our business planning course will help people put together a plan they can, literally, take to the bank.”

The WBC is a program of the Microbusiness Advancement Center (MAC), which came under management of the YWCA of Southern Arizona last year. Flores-Aguirre said the Business Planning Course, which has been offered by MAC for more than two decades, has been revised and updated since the WBC came under the umbrella of the YWCA. It is now also being offered in both English and Spanish. The English program kicks off on January 19th and the Spanish program kicks off on January 20th.

Scholarship applicants are asked to submit a 300 word statement by January 18th that addresses the following:

•    What’s your business/ business concept?
•    How will the course help you reach your business goals?
•    How would a scholarship impact your ability to take the course ?

For more information please call (520) 884-7810, ext. 112 submissions should be sent directly to Victor Mercado, Deputy Director via email at vmercado@ywcatucson.org.

The Business Planning course will be held at the YWCA’s Frances McClelland Community Center located at 525 N. Bonita Ave. Tucson, AZ 85745. The regular cost of the 8-week program is $300 per person.

Online registration for the Business Planning Course is available at www.ywcatucson.org.