Building The Best Sandcastle: Meet UpStart Facilitator Sheri McGuire

Sheri McGuireSheri McGuire is the executive director of Longwood Small Business Development Center. She has helped craft the curriculum for Virginia’s Growth Alliances UpStart Entrepreneur Bootcamp and also is a facilitator during group sessions.

Through the SBDC, she provides follow-up mentoring and guidance to students when the bootcamp is completed.

 

We sat down with Sheri to get her insights on entrepreneurial excellence:

How is UpStart different from other courses designed to help entrepreneurs?

In the past, the course had been taught in the traditional classroom style. The focus was on writing a business plan. There was a textbook and lectures.

I looked at all that with Nick Langlie, and he suggested incorporating the Business Model Canvas, which focuses

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“Building the Foundation for Your New Business” - Small Business Seminar

open-your-businessEntrepreneurship is the American Dream. Unfortunately, of the 1 million businesses started each year, most of them eventually fail. The one common theme may be a lack of planning. If you are considering the possibility of starting a business, this free seminar will provide information that may help your business be among the 20 percent that survive and thrive.

Prepare to start a successful business by evaluating your entrepreneurial abilities, marketing strategies, financial resources, legal form of organization, and receive tips to prepare and present your business plan.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:00am — 12:00noon

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center 118 E. Danville Street, South Hill, VA

Sponsored by Longwood Small Business Development Center & Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development

Registration is required by calling (434) 738-6191 Ext. 4261 or email gina.mull@mecklenburgva.com

sponsor-smbiz-workshopFunded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Give your business the gift of a free confidential business health checkup

Longwood Small Business Development Center free financial analysisLongwood Small Business Development Center offers a myriad of valuable services for our region's small businesses, and they have the perfect tool to help you start the new year off right.

Take advantage of their FREE, confidential, and personalized financial analysis consulting, offered as a service to support existing small businesses. Each confidential analysis includes a benchmark of your performance against real-time private company industry information. To learn more about this free service, visit their blog.

Oh, yeah, did I mention that it's FREE?

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