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GPS – a Guide to Plan for Success – Stamford

WBDC’s most comprehensive training program for people looking for instruction, support, and expert advice while building a business plan.
GPS - a Guide to Plan for Success: Pre-Application
February 5th, 2020
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
What You'll Gain:
  • A solid understanding of business-building fundamentals
  • Support and motivation as you plan to launch or grow your business
  • Confidence to pitch your business concept
  • Access to industry experts, leading online tools, and resources
Cost: $300.00

WBDC’s interactive 10-week course is designed for entrepreneurs like you who are interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of building your business step-by-step. You will emerge from this class with a firm foundation on which you can craft a solid, well-thought-out plan. Each session focuses on a critical aspect of business development, including marketing, finance and legal structures, while giving you time in class to draft components of your business plan. Included in the course is Business Advisory Night, which provides an opportunity for participants to pitch their business concept to an array of business professionals and receive customized feedback about how to move forward.

Class dates: Wednesdays (except where noted) – February 5, 12, 19, 26 • March 4, 11,18,25 • April 2 (Thursday), 7 (Tuesday)

Location: Stamford

Eligibility requirements:

In order to participate you must:

  • Be prepared to take the first step in the business planning process for a single business concept
  • Be willing to fully participate in the program, including attending ten 3-hour sessions and completing all necessary assignments and homework
  • Be comfortable using a computer, laptop or tablet
  • Complete an application, including a clear, written business concept
  • Participate in an assessment interview with a WBDC Business Advisor

Reduced-fee scholarships available to those who qualify based on income guidelines.

To learn more or receive an application, contact JoAnn Gulbin at 203-353-1750 or jgulbin@ctwbdc.org.

Instructor: Carol Cheswick
Title: Business Specialist
Bio: Carol Cheswick is a Business Specialist with the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC). Since joining WBDC in 2012, Ms. Cheswick has taught GPS – a Guide to Plan for Success program to aspiring and emerging business owners who seek to start or develop a small business and make their vision a reality. Ms. Cheswick also conducts one-on-one counseling for WBDC, and has helped hundreds of individuals on specific business and career challenges. A certified Life Coach, she brings with her over 30 years of experience finance, marketing, investing and executive consulting.
Register for GPS - a Guide to Plan for Success- Pre-Application
Terms of Service: WBDC is a nonprofit organization, required by its funders to collect data requested on this form. WBDC places great value on your personal privacy and the confidential facts and figures you disclose concerning your business activities. Information concerning you and your business is kept strictly confidential and is reported only in aggregate unless prior approval is received from you. WBDC is able to offer its programs and services at afforable and/or reduced rates due to the support of Federal, State, Municipal, Corporate and Individual contributors and the programs or services you participate in are either partially or fully subsidized.

Small Business AssociationThis program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. We make reasonable accommodations for access by persons with disabilities.