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This business planning class is designed for early-stage entrepreneurs who are ready to start or restart their businesses.

Classes are led by trained facilitators and cover the basics of starting a business—from establishing an entity to financial literacy, market research to cash flow, loan types to cost-benefit analyses, and more. Subject matter experts (such as lawyers, accountants, bankers, and marketing professionals) will attend several classes to help with questions and specific topics.

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Education, resources, and community building are included in the $175 participant investment fee. Participants will receive this money back provided they have completed the program and after graduation requirements including the Next Step Plan coaching support.

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Interested participants may fill out a Registration Application for the Cohort that best suits their schedule. Applicants are encourage to submit their registration form two weeks prior to the start of class.

Congratulations on taking your first step to becoming a business owner!

Please answer the follow questions. This information will better assist us in providing you with the support you need to turn your business idea into a reality or help you move your business to the next stage.

We are currently offering the Build Institute Entrepreneur Education nine-week course both virtually and in-person. The program fee is $175 for virtual and $275 for in-person instruction. Food will be provided for face-to-face sessions only. 

If your business idea is not yet ready for prime time, we recommend taking the Build Institute Ideation Workshop. This one-time 2.5-hour course is led by an experienced instructor who will walk you through a process to determine if your product or service can support a profitable and sustainable business. The fee for this workshop is $35. 

Upon successful completion of this workshop, you may choose to move your elevated idea forward to SEED’s 9-week Build Institute Fort Wayne Entrepreneur Education course mentioned above. Regardless of the program you chose, Build will connect you to a network of resources specially designed for startup companies like yours.


For more information, please visit BuildInstituteFW.org or contact the Build program administrator at AskSEED@cityoffortwayne.org or (260) 422-2304, ext. 221. 

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