If you are thinking about starting a business or need assistance kickstarting your current initiative, our consulting services offer our clients the guidance they need for success.
The MoWBC staff is available to help clients with business planning, whether it is a new effort, or the client is revising an earlier business plan. The business plan is the basic unit that will assist micro-enterprise staff in evaluating the business concept. It can provide staff with ideas of how best to organize help and resources for the entrepreneur. Finally, it can act as a lead-in to an application for financial assistance.
MoWBC staff will meet individually with clients that need help in a variety of ways. Together we will work on developing their business ideas, creating a marketing plan, completing market research, assisting with cash flow projections and financial statements, time management, economic resources, bookkeeping, and more.
Similar to one-on-one, CMCA staff explores the benefits of entrepreneurs networking to work on issues related to business creation and business management.
Once in business, the owner will work with a coach to help sort options and identify resources. Coaches are experienced community mentors with training in executive coaching.
For those clients that obtain loans from the Microloan Fund (MLF), post-loan technical assistance is provided. Post-loan technical assistance is available to all MLF borrowers to help ensure the survival and/or growth of the business and to guard against possible loan defaults. That assistance includes one-on-one meetings, phone calls, correspondence, and possible referrals to training classes that help with issues related to small business start-up, small business management, accessing markets, marketing, financial management, and record-keeping, among other topics.