If you are ready to start a small business or are very new to business, this class is for you! Start Smart is a four-week course where you will learn the basic tools and business fundamentals needed to start-up successfully. You will work with a Business Model Canvas (a visual hands-on tool) to get your ideas down on paper, test, refine and confirm concepts, and adjust your conclusions about customer needs. This class meets once a week for three hours.
- Learn how to define your vision
- Create a mission statement
- Assess your skills, passion and resources
- Craft a business strategy to match your reality
- Test the viability of your products and services
About the instructor: Vaneese Johnson, The Boldness Coach™, is a Global Leadership Coach, Keynote Speaker, Brand Strategist and Author. She teaches, empowers, and challenges professionals to step into their Bold, Big & Bad ™ and up-level their career choices and successes with intention, ownership and self-direction.
As a Renaissance Graduate, Vaneese has experienced first-hand how the resources, workshops and classes at Renaissance Center can increase the success of your business.
Since 2010, Vaneese is the President and CEO of The Boldness Coach (theboldnesscoach.com), a Performance Management and Executive Coaching firm working with high-potential and high-performing professionals. She was the Founder and President of On the Move Staffing, Inc for seventeen years.
Tuition: $120. Scholarships up to 50% are available based on household income. For more information on your eligibility, see our scholarships page.
Scholarships: To apply for a scholarship you will need:
- *Proof of household income
- Income verification form
*Proof of household income can be one of the following:
- A copy of previous year’s tax return;
- A recent pay stub (within the last three months) or
- Documentation of government assistance, such as unemployment benefits, social security, or Medi-Cal.
All information will be kept confidential. Download income verification form here.
Email above to Lucero, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com at least two weeks before class starts. Preference is given to local residents and business owners.
Accessibility: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested, at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact Lucero at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-221-2003.register here
January 25 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm