Business Posts

New NaperLaunch Academy Cohort Is Forming; Learn More at Open House

Past participants in the NaperLaunch Academy have reported doubling their revenue in the 12 months following graduation. Others have increased their sales and expanded their business lines. Whether you’re thinking of starting a business or looking to take your business to the next level, the Academy has a proven track record of fostering business success.

The Academy offers a focused curriculum to help entrepreneurs develop a business idea, determine its feasibility, complete a break-even analysis, and write a solid business plan, including deep financial forecasting.

The coursework also addresses legal requirements to start a business in Illinois, acquire funding if needed, and how to transfer risk of loss from negligence or property damage. Participants will also learn fundamental professional selling skills and how to establish the basis for a marketing strategy for their business.

Class sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the NaperLaunch coworking space at the Nichols Library.

A cohort is forming now for the session that begins July 23. The deadline to register is Thursday, July 18.

If you are interested in starting up a business or desiring to make a strategic pivot in an existing business, you’re invited to attend our open house on Tuesday, July 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Nichols Library. Ask questions and get information about the Academy, its curriculum and class schedule. Past participants will discuss the Academy’s impact on their businesses as they started up or expanded.

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Monday, June 10, 2019 - 14:15

Small Business Week Celebration Includes Speakers, Business Showcase, Pitch Competition Finals

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has recognized the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

This year, Small Business Week will be celebrated during the week of May 5-11. Events sponsored by the SBA and SCORE include a hackathon, the presentation of national awards, and a Twitter chat.

Locally, NaperLaunch will commemorate Small Business Week with a series of educational workshops intended for small business owners or managers. This year’s lineup includes:

  • Scott Palmer, former Shark Tank contestant and COO of Spikeball, Inc.
  • Cybersecurity expert Brian Berglund, CTO of Armarius Software
  • An interactive workshop on Instagram Marketing, presented by NPL’s Lindsay Harmon
  • Bob Koch, founder of e-commerce company Quiver Global, Inc.

The week concludes with the NaperLaunch Small Business Showcase and the finals of the 2nd Annual Business Plan and Pitch Competition, both on Saturday, May 11 at the Nichols Library.

At the Small Business Showcase, participating members of NaperLaunch will have the opportunity to share information about their businesses with members of the local community. NaperLaunch members may reserve a table to display information about their business during the Business Showcase.

During the Business Plan and Pitch Competition, three finalists selected from preliminary rounds will pitch their business plan publicly to be judged by a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and angel investors. The winning entrepreneur will receive a $3,300 prize.

For more information, visit the NaperLaunch website.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 13:00

Don't miss the last Money Smart Week opportunity - Rules of the Road: Investing 101 with Kaylee Phalon

Kaylee Phalon has been a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones for over 5 years and holds an Accredited Asset Management Specialist, AAMS™, certification from the College for Financial Planning. Her focus areas include Retirement Income and Savings Strategies, College Savings, Estate & Legacy Strategies and Insurance & Annuities.

Kaylee will present the fundamental concepts of investing and potential strategies to build wealth. For beginning investors and those who would like to learn more about maximizing current investments.

Save the Date! Saturday, April 6th at 95th St. Library starting 2:00 pm.
Naperville Public Library’s Money Smart Week events are on the NaperLaunch calendar.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 09:15