Prepare for Success: Leading Edge Equips You with Essential Business Skills

Leading Edge for Entrepreneurs


April 23, 2024


Tuesdays, 5-8 pm


Virtual (Online)


9 Weeks




Your county or city may be offering partial or full scholarships for this course. We are proud to work with our partners to offer this course at a substantial discount (50% off!) for a total of only $199 tuition. This is an incredible benefit, and we are grateful for the sponsorships listed below:

Who Is It For?

LEADING EDGE is for business owners and future business owners who desire focused education, accountability, networking, and the tools to build a strategic business plan.

What To Expect:

  • Nine 3-hour class sessions, including interactive group work, guest speakers, and discussions with subject matter experts
  • Confidential one-on-one consulting with certified SBDC consultants
  • Direct connections with local and statewide lenders, key business leaders, and industry experts
  • Continuous feedback on your business plan and strategy during the course, including a personalized review at the course conclusion
  • Graduate with a completed business plan, multiple mentors, and a key network of resources, champions, and friends!

Course Outline:

Session 1
Big Why Canvas
Entrepreneurial Mindset
Session 2
Business Model Canvas
Value Proposition
Target Market
Session 3
Understanding your Finances
Start-up Costs
Accounting Principles
Session 4
Understanding your Finances
Cash Flow Projections
Session 5
City Economic Development Partner Hour
BizBoost Library Resources
Customer Avatars
Session 6
Marketing Panel
Competitive Advantage
Pricing your Product/Service
Session 7
Legal Structure
Business Insurance
Start-up Process
Session 8
Lending Panel
Accessing Capital
Financing Options
Session 9
Class Pitches
Final Questions
Continued Resources & Support
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  • We find the best results when our participants commit to attending all nine sessions
  • Extra reading and homework assignments will be provided each week
  • We strongly encourage participants to use our  free, confidential, one-on-one consulting throughout the course

Cost and Dates:

  • Tuition for this program is $399.
  • April 23 through June 18, 2024.

Subsidized tuition offered by our partners is $199 (50% discount!)

(Please see the Local Scholarship Programs links above to find out if your city/zip qualifies. Address verification and local business license requirements may apply. Payment is required upon registration.)


Meet Your Instructor:

Nancy Barnett

Nancy has 25 years of experience in corporate training, human resources, and vocational business training. Nancy’s passion is helping business owners start or improve their businesses by understanding all the components to build a strong business foundation. She takes great pleasure in helping owners with strategic planning and business plan development. She spent ten years at national Education College in California, as a teacher, Business Department Chairperson and Director of Education, as well as 14 years with AAA Colorado as Director of Corporate Training before joining Suzy to create Apis Business Solutions.

Besides working side-by-side with Suzy to build Apis Business Solutions, she is a trainer and consultant at the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Metro Denver focusing on small business development as start-ups. She also designs and manages business training delivered through Apis. She and her husband, David have four grown children and eight grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys genealogy, bead embroidery and collecting antiques.

Nancy’s areas of expertise are:

  • Business Plans
  • Start-up questions-how to file documents to get your business up and running
  • Defining Overall Marketing Strategy
  • Using Quick Books data in your business
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