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Profit Mastery

Over the last 25 years, the Profit Mastery financial training curriculum has been taught to over 500,000 business owners, managers, and counselors on four continents in at least eight languages.

The keys to the success of this curriculum are built around the following:

1. Presentation style uniquely combining information, motivation & humor
2. Case-study approach
3. Combination of live on-site and web-based streaming video
4. A unique, 7-step approach distilled from years of business banking experience and working with thousands of business owners

Alongside other business owners and managers, you will analyze real-world business problems and learn how to:

Diagnose and monitor your company's financial performance
Use break-even analysis to make better decisions relating to cost, price & profits
Avoid cash crunches and increase cash flow
Plan for and manage growth
Communicate more effectively with bankers & other financial professionals
Structure a loan that's the right fit for your business
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Emerging Leaders Austin

The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within urban communities.

Over the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community. Recruitment for the Emerging Leaders Initiative occurs on an annual basis, beginning in February and classes typically begin in April. The Initiative incorporates a curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable (expanding from 10 to 48 communities since 2008), enabling participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts.
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InnovateHER Business Competition

Cash prizes totaling $30,000 are up for grabs in the SBA's national business competition known as InnovateHER. The intent of this competition is to spur greater conversation, collaboration and cooperation at all levels to support women and families. Targeted applicants are entrepreneurs (both women and men) with a product, service or technology that:
has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families
has the potential for commercialization
fills a need in the marketplace

The top 5 applicants in Austin will be asked to pitch their product, service or technology at the Microsoft Store in the Domain on March 31, 2015 from 11:30am -1:00pm. The local winner will be announced immediately following the last pitch and their application package will be submitted to the SBA the next day.
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Ready, Set...Launch Your Business!

Every month the Texas State SBDC joins partners from SCORE, the Women's Business Center and the City of Austin's Small Business Program to present a 2 1/2 hour program that covers the mechanics of starting a business, the reality of starting a business and resources available to entrepreneurs. The classes are held in different locations throughout our 12-county service area and usually hosted by a bank, credit union or chamber. There is no cost for the classes but registration is requested.
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