Interested in starting your own business?

Trailblazer’s free Entrepreneurial Training workshops can help!

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What can the Trailblazer Entrepreneurial Training Program do for you?

A great deal!

 We will help you determine if you are ready to begin your own business.
We will find the mentors you need, people who have gone through the same adventure and have found success.
We will show you how to resource other businesses to accumulate a broader knowledge base.
We will help you develop a Business Plan template.
We will help you develop the skills you need to run a successful business:

Time management 

Recordkeeping/ book keeping

Employee basics

Tax requirements

Business management

Sustainability

Marketing

 

 

Ten Threats to Success

Not knowing how to manage and operate a small business.

Your small business is a unique entity and not simply a small version of a larger organization.

Lack of strategic planning.

A strategic plan serves as a road map for the small business; it allows you to select a destination and

determine the most efficient and effective route to get there.

Lack of cash.

It is important to understand how much money you will need to accomplish your goals, when you

will need it, and where you can get it.

Not having a competitive advantage.

In order to achieve success you must have a perceivable distinction or advantage over the competition,

and it must be one that would be difficult or costly for a competitor to match.

Lack of focus.

Learn to focus on a few outstanding products, services, and programs.

Make sure these are of a high quality and better than the competition before branching out to others.

Trying to go it alone.

A common pitfall for the small-business owner is trying to do everything oneself. By going it alone, you may also miss out on the opportunity to bring in a partner or employee whose skills would bring new strengths to the business.

Poor communication skills.

You need to communicate clearly to your customers what your product is, why it meets their needs, and why it is better than the competitor’s product.

Failure to recognize your own weaknesses.

Weakness in even one important area such as marketing, record keeping, finance, or strategic planning can become a significant barrier to profitability.

Growing too fast.

Make sure you have the internal structure, funding, systems, and trained personnel in place to accommodate the increased production or sales.

Failure to innovate.

Your world, including competitors, customers, and technology are continually changing. You must stay on top of these changes and fine ways to dramatically improve service or cut costs.

A printer-friendly version of Ten Threats to Success is available in our Media Center, on the Home page. It is also accessible via the link at the bottom of this page.

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Helpful Links for Entrepreneurs:

South Louisiana Economic Council:

www.slec.org

Hillsearch:

www.hillsearch.org

United States Small Business Association:

http://www.sba.gov/

Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators:

http://www.laota.com/

Louisiana Secretary of State:

http://www.sec.state.la.us/

Service Corps of Retired Executives:

http://www.score.org/template_gallery.html

United States Patent and Trademark Office:

http://www.uspto.gov/

Free Demographic Information:

http://www.freedemographics.com

Site for Entrepreneurs:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/

United States Census Bureau:

http://factfinder.census.gov

Acronym Finder:

http://www.acronymfinder.com

Internal Revenue Service:

www.irs.gov

Louisiana’s Geaux Biz:

http://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/98/default.aspx

Small Business Service Bureau:

http://www.sbsb.com/Default.htm

Social Security Business Services:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/

Business Services U.S. Government:

http://business.gov/

Louisiana Economic Development:

www.louisiana.forward.com

Louisiana Small Business Development Center:

www.lsbdc.org

LSU Small Business Development Center:

www.sbdc.lsu.edu

FastTrac Biz Info Library:

www.bizinfolibrary.org

Small Business Notes:

www.smallbusinessnotes.com

Cash flow calculator:

www.bplans.com

Cash flow calculator:

www.dinkytown.net

Interactive cash flow:

www.calcxml.com

freebies:

www.entrepreneurship.com

Food for thought

 

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