CPCC offers free classes through their entrepreneurial institute for "starting your own business". So far as a group, we have been to three of them....
First class was about using online profiles to market your business. NOT their best class. The instructor spent the first twenty minutes explaining what Facebook is. Um...think we got that one covered. One good piece of advice did come from the class. Many email marketing websites will give you one month free trial. If we can find 12 of them, we can get a year free of email marketing...score!
Second class was outstanding! It was called "Getting your Business Started". The teacher was knowlegable, we got great advice on business plans, discovered a way to get free law services, and most importantly we learned that some of the decisions we had already made involving the business was on the right track. Go us!
Last night's class was on trademarks, patents, copyrights, etc. We learned that trademarks, patents, and copyrights are boring. (Just kidding...we already knew that). We did learn that protecting our name/logo is uber important with online retailing. We also learned that until we are up and running, this can move down lower on our to do list. Moving on...
So, all that is left is:
-Funding your business
-Creating a meaningful brand
-Demystifying google adwords (which luckily we might not need, since our facebook page is already the 6th entry when you Google "Friendly Rooster"...yay!)