Workshop: Kickstart Your Business

TYPE: Continuing Education, Pre-registration required

Audience: College Students, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students, Young Professionals, Professionals in Transition, Entrepreneurs and Innovators

This course explores the fundamentals of creating a small business – from scratch – the right way, in order to set a course for long-term success and sustainability. Experience a one-day intensive with practical, hands-on instruction for converting an idea, an invention or a concept into an actual, fully incorporated legal entity that is positioned to do business and generate revenue immediately.

Driven by research data that reflect an ever-increasing percentage of college graduates and MBAs who decide to start their own businesses instead of following the traditional corporate career path, Kickstart Your Business will equip attendees with the tools necessary to document, structure and register their very own companies. This 8-hour course includes live exposure to key business development resources and in-class exercises that will put the dream into motion. The motivated entrepreneur can create a functional business entity before returning home from the NBMBAA® Conference.

Instructors: Excelous Management & IT Consulting


Participants can expect to gain knowledge and instruction in the following key areas:

  • Company Formation – Secretary of State, Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, Operating Agreements, Corporation Type, Business License
  • Company Registration – How and where to file the proper documents to legally establish and register a new company
  • Business Capital – the different types of funding sources. the specific requirements of each, and how to know which is the best fit
  • Systems and Technology – Information Systems, IT Infrastructure, Information Security, Networks, Connectivity and Productivity
  • Brand Identity – Logo Creation, Messaging, Marketing Collateral, Web Presence, Social Media
  • Certifications – What are the options, which ones are necessary, and what are the costs, requirements and value proposition for each?
  • Procurement Process – Purchasing best practices, payables and receivables, sourcing raw goods, products and resources
  • Operational Requirements – Bonding, Insurance, Liability and Intellectual Property
  • Doing Business with the Public Sector – Reading and responding to competitive bids and solicitations (RFPs, RFIs, ITBs)
  • Business Strategy for Beginners – Market analysis, customer demographics, product life cycle, scope, scale and sustainability