Start a Business

Have you dreamed of starting your own business?

Do you have an idea but aren’t sure where to start?

We can help!

Here at the MVSBC, we can help you evaluate your readiness to start a business, determine the feasibility of your business idea, and help you develop a plan to START YOUR BUSINESS!

Step 1

First, attend our orientation seminar Are You READY… to Start a Business?, offered every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 6-8pm. In this seminar, you will learn more about MVSBC services and about what is involved in starting and running a business.

Step 2

Think you’re ready? If so, complete our Pre-Venture Client Application and make an appointment to meet one-on-one with an MVSBC counselor. At this meeting, you will talk with your counselor about your business idea, your readiness to start a business and learn more about MVSBC membership.

Step 3

Become a member of the MVSBC and work with a counselor to take advantage of our business development services and develop an Action Plan to help you achieve your goals.

Your counselor may recommend that you enroll in our 11-week training program Entrepreneurial Boot Camp (EBC).  EBC leads you to determine whether your business idea is a feasible business opportunity.  You will examine your idea from every angle and write a feasibility plan, so you know if the business is a “go” or a “no go” before spending too much time or money.

Get help with market analysis of your industry and competition, marketing strategies, pricing strategies and sales projections.  This hands-on, 11-week training program includes:

  • a step-by-step handbook
  • small group exercises
  • weekly take-home assignments
  • access to resources and networks to help you launch your business