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One-day retreat helps businesses develop a plan for 2014 and beyond

Published 6:56pm Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Starting your own business can be life-changing.
Success may come easier for the creative entrepreneur whose management style includes planning, setting goals and tracking results.
However, these skills are attainable for everyone through training.
Registration is open now for a one-day business planning retreat, “Lighthouse: Business Planning Essentials.”
This quick-paced, innovative training is designed to meet the demands of busy entrepreneurs and provide supportive content for both visionaries just starting out and businesses focused on shaping their future.
Why choose this training? Mountain BizWorks is unique in its facilitation of business development.
The organization’s culture guides entrepreneurs on paths of professional discovery to find answers to their individual business questions. This training is facilitated by business developers, seasoned business owners who use their expertise to guide entrepreneurs to business success.
A day at this retreat will help illuminate your planning process and refine your business idea or growth objectives. Each business receives tools and resources to track and project cash flow, as well as hone marketing ideas into a strategy.
At the end of the day, attendees will have an action plan for getting a business idea or expansion off the ground with a template they can build on over time. Entrepreneurs starting or operating agricultural enterprises will receive an additional industry-specific resource packet.
“Taking a Mountain BizWorks course is the best way to get started with your new business or refocus your existing business. I know it really helped me to understand different approaches to my business and to look at things from a long term and growing perspective. I have found it beneficial to take a refresher class every few years just to make sure I stay on target, update new marketing strategies and meet new business people in the area.
“The Mountain BizWorks facilitators are all very professional yet down to earth. They let you know there are no dumb questions, just unanswered ones. I felt very comfortable and welcomed in each class, met some awesome new business owners and received lots of good ideas and advice during every course I have participated in. Thanks Mountain BizWorks for helping me be a successful business owner,” said Dawn Jordan, owner of Restoration Farms.
Mountain BizWorks, the Polk County Economic Development Commission and the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer this one-day retreat on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Depot Room in Tryon.
For more information, contact Ashley Epling at 828-253-2834 ext. 27 or ashley@mountainbizworks.org.
– article submitted by
Jo Ann Miksa-Blackwell

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