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Develop a Business Plan - Class to Begin September 18 in Manistee

Business owners will learn how to develop a business plan in a class offered by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) and the Alliance for Economic Success in Manistee. "Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan," will start September 18 and will meet for three hours every Wednesday through October 30 except for October 23. The classes will run from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Alliance for Economic Success located at 395 Third Street in Manistee.

“Most business owners never get around to writing a business plan because they just don’t know where to start,” said Mary Rogers, SBTDC Regional Director. “This class takes the pressure off how to write the plan and creates a systematic process with a six week deadline for results.”

The intense, six-week class is for highly motivated early-stage business owners creating a business plan. Participants will meet weekly with a Certified Small Business Consultant and will spend time developing a winning business plan that will include start up costs, cash flow projections, market research, marketing strategy, and more.

Expert guest speakers will join the class each week to share their many successes and failures of owning and operating their own small businesses, and to offer encouragement and insight to people taking the class. Participants may also meet with the instructor outside of class for individualized work on their business plan.

"Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan” costs $90 per participant and requires a non-refundable pre-payment. Registration and payment information is available online at: For more information contact Sharon Gordon at: 231-922-3780 or

The MI-SBTDC is a statewide business assistance program that provides one-on-one counseling, training and research support for Michigan small businesses. The Northwest Michigan Regional office is hosted by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.






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