Are You Ready to Take the Leap?

April 4 - 25, 2023
Tuesday's From 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Classes Will be Conducted Online Simultaneously Across Six NC Cities

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Kickstart Your Business in 4 Weeks
April 4 - 25, 2023

In this FREE four week long cohort, participants will learn about different aspects of starting a business, including identifying potential markets, writing a business plan, running the finances of a business, and marketing a business. You'll work with mentors and peers in fun breakout activities designed to help strengthen your business ideas and prepare you for success!

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Network with other entrepreneurs in a fun and collaborative environment

Proven Approach

Uses proven methodology for starting diverse businesses

Market Research

Learn how to conduct thorough market research from the experts

Expand your Resume

Certificate of completion

Business Structure

Help with establishing your business structure

Dreams to Fruition

Learn steps needed to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true

Business Plan

Create your unique business plan

Solid Foundation

Learn how to create a customer-centric foundation that will keep your customers satisfied and returning

Seminar Outline

Week 1

April 4 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Voice of Your Customer

A human-centered design thinking experience to understand future customers and their needs. Experiment with solutions through storytelling to gather feedback and learn quickly.

Homework: Sign up as an SBTDC client. Begin the Ice House Opportunity Discovery Canvas (Customer only). Talk to at least 3 potential customers.

SBTDC Business Launch Specialist: Send Start-up guide prior to next session to all attendees. Check in with participants about feedback received from future customers and how that affects their idea/business model.

Upon registering as an SBTDC client, you will receive: Industry market research/IBIS research results.


Select the city closest to you and apply for this online event.

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about the Taking the Leap program?
Send us an email at launch@sbtdc.org.

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