APPLIED ENTREPRENEURSHIP: PLANNING A STARTUP VENTURES
Topic 1: Initial steps in startup process
Summary: The following subcategories outline the procedural steps to follow when beginning business operations. The depth or extent of applicability of each section will vary depending on the nature of the business. However, below are guidelines to guide entrepreneurs and small businesses through the maze that is starting operations.
Tax Licenses and Numbers
Business Name & Brand
Naming Your Business
More Info on Registering Your Business (SBA.gov)
Forming a Business Entity
Business Permits, Professional and Occupational Licenses
Real Estate and Leasing
Zoning Regulations & Land Restrictions
Fiscal Administrative Setup
Summary: The following video and text lessons introduce the concepts of ideation and innovation. We introduce the identification of opportunities and the process for generating new ideas that could be opportunities. Notably, we introduce numerous techniques for effective brainstorming of wants and needs that may constitute valid business ideas.
Summary: Market research is the process of identifying and quantifying potential markets in which to sell a product or service. The process is far more than mere quantitative analysis of numbers of potential customers and past purchasing date. It involves many qualitative aspects that recognize the particular desires, customs, preferences, and characteristics of individual markets. Market analysis regards the use of these quantitative and qualitative variables to determine whether a market is attractive or will sustain a given business operation.
Market Analysis Resources (SBA.gov)
Summary: The development stage is where you set into motion the value creation process. By its very nature, a product or service serves or purpose or objective that another person entity is unable to fulfill. This process involves the technical skills to design, organize, or construct the service or process, as well as the vision and understanding of the who, what, when, where, and why of the business concept.
Summary: This section deals with a number of questions, such as: How are you going to deliver value? How the will the value you deliver value that causes customers to choose you above competitors? How will sustain or grow that customer preference throughout the life of your business?
What is Strategy? (Harvard Business Review Article)
Summary: Operational analysis regards the initial analysis of what operational aspects are required to carry on the business. This is essential for determining the feasibility of a business idea. An idea may have potential many aspects, but the operational aspects are not feasible. An operational plan provides a working outline of the numerous components that make up or affect the intended business operations.
Shipping & Logistics (Overview)
5 Ps – People
5 Ps – Physical Environment
Sales Planning Overview
Sales Presentation Overview
Summary: This stage involves the aggregation of the business idea or product with the transfer of value to potential customers. The model will serve as a road map for how you plan to create value for customers, while the business plan will record the proposed procedural steps for carrying out that plan. The Business Plan will contain and break down the business model. The business presentation is the organized presentation of the business model and plan to potential investors.
Business Plan, Part 1 (Outline – Overview)
Business Plan, Part 2 (The Executive Summary)
Business Plan, Part 3 (General Description of Business)
Business Plan, Part 4 (Market Analysis)
Business Plan, Part 5 (Competitive Analysis)
Business Plan, Part 6 (Marketing Plan)
Business Plan, Part 6 (Marketing Plan, Cont’d)
Business Plan, Part 7 (Operations)
Business Plan, Part 8 (Management and Organization)
Business Plan, Part 9 (Financial Projections)
Business Plan, Part 10 (Appendices)
Business Plan, (Final Modifications)
Business Plans: How Much is Too Much Research (Article & Video)
Business Plan Presentation
Summary: When forming a business team there are lots of considerations that can dramatically impact the success of your business.
Culture and Fit
Summary: Many startups begin with the expectation of capitalizing on the firms value through a later exit event. An exit event is any method by which the entrepreneur divests herself of her ownership interest in the firm. This section discusses various methods for the entrepreneur to the startup venture.