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Plan for Success Small Business Planning class series
First Federal Bank Sequim Village
Sequim, WA
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Plan for Success Small Business Planning class series
Do you have a great idea for a business but need help turning it into reality? Have a
small business that you are ready to take to the next level? Join other entrepreneurs like yourself in a 10-week series of intensive but supportive workshops on all aspects of business ownership that will help you achieve your goals.

Plan for Success is a 10-week business planning class designed to help local entrepreneurs evaluate and plan for a business start-up or expansion.  The class was successfully offered earlier this year in Port Angeles.  This series will begin Tuesday, September 10th and continue for ten weeks, meeting every Tuesday from 6pm  9pm at First Federal branch in the Sequim Village Center at 1201 W. Washington Street.

Because our mission is to empower the North Olympic Peninsula to pursue and invest in its own economic and environmental destiny, we are delighted to offer a class that gives local entrepreneurs the tools they need to be successful, said Karen Affeld, Executive Director of the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (NODC).

Taught in a relaxed and supportive environment, the class is designed to take entrepreneurs through all aspects of owning and growing a business, including legal structure, targeting and marketing to customers, cash flow projections, funding sources and accessing capital. With one or two key topics addressed each week, class participants will learn from experts and have interactive discussions with presenters and peers. At the end of the class, participants will have a completed a business plan that will help them implement their idea and communicate their goals to outside supporters and funders.

The course instructor, Jim Williams, has extensive experience in business planning. He holds a Masters Degree in Business focused on sustainable, resilient, regional businesses. Williams is an ex-Arthur Andersen management consultant, former Senior Consultant/Managing Director for WDHB Consulting Group and a Small Business Development Council (SBDC) business consultant. He was owner of Best Friend Nutrition, a health food store for pets in Sequim, for 14 years until he sold the business in 2017.  Williams teaches a similar class at the Jefferson EDC in Port Townsend.

NODC is offering these classes using financial support from the Port of Port Angeles and Craft3, a non-bank community lender serving Oregon and Washington.  First Federal is making the classroom space available at no charge.  

Dr. Jessica West of Clinicare LLC took the class offered earlier this year.  Jims class gave me the tools to formulate a detailed business plan that helped me acquire a working capital loan from Craft3.  Dr. West acquired the 30+ year-old walk-in clinic business on Front Street in Port Angeles from retiring David Kanters, ARNP in July.  The Plan for Success course helped me to understand the details of what it means to run a small business successfully.

The knowledge and skills imparted through classes like Plan for Success that are a critical step in accessing capital, said Erika Lindholm, Senior Business Lender in Craft3s Port Angeles office. Thats why Im thrilled to partner with NODC and the Port to make this resource available.

Tuition is $240 per business, which includes a business planning workbook.


First Federal Bank Sequim Village (View)
1201 W Washington St
Sequim, WA 98382
United States


Education > Business

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: North Olympic Development Council
On BPT Since: Apr 03, 2017
North Olympic Development Council

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