Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business


This Exciting and Powerful Workshop for Entrepreneurs is Coming Back to Buffalo in 2015

Five consecutive Saturdays 9 AM - 1 PM, October 3, 10, 17, 24; 31, 2015


  • Is Starting a Business Right for You?         

  • Is your business idea ready for investing?

  • Should you bet your life savings on this idea?

Let's find out if this idea is worth it and get it ready to go...

Attend this comprehensive workshop series to help you test your new business idea and get started on the right path. 

Join us for five three-hour sessions this October and November that will help you understand the basics of:

  • The concepts involved with assessing a business idea
  • Marketing your product or service,
  • Understanding business financials and how they work
  • How to fund and finance your business

What’s in it for you?

This workshop will help you make better decisions about your business so that it meets your personal goals.

  • Finding out if starting a business is right for you
  • Gaining a head start to business with expert guidance
  • Learning fundamentals for business organization and management
  • Maximizing your probability of business success

Free, one-on-one mentoring is also a part of the series process.  Sign up now for these workshops:

Session 1: Start-up Basics (At the end of this session you decide on whether or not to continue with the next four sessions)

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources.

Session 2: Business Concept

The second workshop focuses on your business concept and step-by-step guidance in researching your idea, your market, and your competition. At the end of the Business Concept workshop, you are able to: identify your target markets, describe your products and services, and collect key competitive information to support your feasibility plan.

Session 3: Marketing Plan

The third workshop provides you with an introduction to marketing communication methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. The discussion in the Marketing Plan workshop covers pricing strategies, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing strategies. At the end of this session, you will know how to: outline your marketing strategy, test your marketing message, choose the right sales channel, and exercise your marketing strategy.

Session 4: Financial Projections

The fourth workshop uses exercises to help you better understand financial concepts. This session reviews sales and prices, financial risks and rewards, true start-up costs, ongoing operating expenses, setting benchmarks for tracking progress and the organization of all your financial information. Using a hands-on approach, you learn how to use our financial model to forecast sales revenue and build solid pro-forma financial forecasts.

Session 5: Funding Sources 

The final workshop offers information on how to finance your small business. In this session, discussions include sources of funds, accounting the six C's of credit, banking relations, ratio analysis, and monthly preparation and review of financial statements. A bank loan officer will give an inside view of how a banker assesses the merits of business plans and loan application. At the end of the series, you have all of the tools necessary to decide whether or not to launch your small business.


Who are the presenters?

The workshop is sponsored and run by the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the SCORE Association. SCORE is a non-profit organization fully dedicated to helping small businesses like yours across the USA.

  • All presenters are experts and successful business people

  • Presenters have experience counseling and mentoring small business people

  • Follow-on counseling and mentoring is free


When and where?

October, 2015, Saturday mornings 9 AM to 1 PM - Dates October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, NY. FREE parking.

The first session is FREE.  If you sign up for the full course, the one fee of $125 includes all of the next four sessions. Veterans and their immediate families are only $75 (only with valid proper ID).

Class Size for Sessions 2 - 5 is Limited!  

Register today to reserve your spot !!

Sessions Registration Links

Free - Session 1

Saturday October 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

FREE Registration - Click here

Paid - All Sessions 2-5 (includes #1)

Saturday October 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM EDT
Saturday October 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT 

Full Series Registration - Click here














Faculty:  All classes are taught by seasoned business mentors with the Buffalo Niagara chapter of SCORE. SCORE is the premier volunteer business association in the United States with over 11,000 members assisting over 130,000 business clients each year. SCORE volunteers and mentors in the Buffalo chapter have over 2,000 years of real-world business experience to share with you.



Interconnected Series
of Workshops

  • Systematic
  • Structured
  • Feasible business planning


Increase Your Chances of Success

Startups test feasibility for the business concept by defining the business idea, testing it against the market and identifying sources of capital, profit and goals, increasing their odds of success.


Interactive, Participative Sessions

  • Learn
  • Practice
  • Apply


Makes the Most of Your Time

You get interactive sessions that help you make key decisions for a new business startup. In-class exercises and interaction with peers makes the most of your session time, so you learn and plan quickly and effectively.


Blended Learning Process

  • Exercises
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Tools and templates


Mentoring Helps You Plan for Success

Exercises and personalized business advice help you learn the “how” of planning a business startup. This aids you in thinking through opportunities and identifying the business path that’s right for you.


Facilitated format

  • Guided discussion
  • Tailored to group needs
  • Informal and conversational


You Can Assess the Financial Feasibility of a Startup

An Excel template helps you think through financing needs and how to get to profitability. You arrive at a decision to start a business, based on its profit potential.


The Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series offers many features and benefits that make it an ideal way for aspiring entrepreneurs to make a smart start by working with experts to test the feasibility of their ideas and to make a go/no-go decision on starting a business.


Register today to reserve your spot !!
Sessions Registration Links
Free - Session 1
9 AM - 1 PM
October 3, 2015
FREE Registration
Paid - All Sessions 1-5
9 AM - 1 PM

October 3
October 10
October 17
October 24
October 31
Full Series Registration &
Individual Session Registration


Visit for the schedule and location information of all local workshops.

2014 Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Graduating Class with SCORE Mentors

2014 Simple Steps Graduating Class with SCORE Mentors

Congratulations to our 2014 graduating class


Special thanks to Medaille College for their ongoing support of SCORE and our community