The Greater Ocala Community Development Corporation (GOCDC) in cooperation with the Small Business Development Corporation, and local business leaders has developed a seven week training program to share critical factors of success with West Ocala and Central Florida business owners.
The next Build A Better Business Series will begin on February 28, 2019. Classes will be held at the College of Central Florida Enterprise Center, 3001 S.W. College Road, Room 106. Each class will be 90 minutes in duration and begin at 6:00 PM. Classes are free, but class size will be limited to 6-8 participants.
Each class will be taught by a practicing professional to ensure business owners are able to ask questions and gain deep insight to every facet of building a successful company. Program classes to include:
Week 1 - Concept Analysis & Business Structure
Week 2 - Strategic Planning
Week 3 - Accounting & Finance
Week 4 - Sales & Marketing
Week 5 - Customer Retention
Week 6 - Presentation Preparation
Week 7 - Shark Tank Presentation
All courses materials will be provided by GOCDC and sponsors and will be distributed to participants weekly. At the end of week seven, participants will be given an opportunity to present their business concept in front of a panel of business leaders. Each participants will be judged on presentation, vision, planning, and plan of action. The winner of the presentation will receive $5,000 to be used to help fund their plan of action.
Are you a small business owner interested in moving to the next level or an entrepreneur with a solution to an identified need? To be considered for a position for our 2019 classes, please submit a one page letter of interest as an introduction to your business or business concept and please include the following:
Your full name
Your email address
Your business name
Company website (if applicable)
Number of years in business (If applicable)
Industry you currently operate in or desire to enter?
What is the greatest challenge facing your company?
Where do you see your business in the next two years?
Letters of interest may be submitted for any of the 2019 sessions. Submissions will be reviewed by the GOCDC board of directors and program participants will be chosen and notified at least two weeks before the start of class. The next classes begin on February 28, 2019.