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As an entrepreneur, taking the initiative to develop a solid business plan is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your business. A business plan will serve as the roadmap you will use to establish business goals, track progress and attract important investors.
However, we know it can be difficult knowing where to start. After filling in some online business planning templates and reading a few articles, you were probably left with more questions than answers, and nothing tangible to show for your efforts.
That’s why we developed our flagship Business Planning Program (BPP).
Once you have completed the BPP you’ll have a detailed business plan that you can feel confident taking to investors to secure funding, communicating effectively with key stakeholders, proving market viability, minimizing business risks and failure, and using it to make better business decisions.
Having a business plan leads to a greater chance of your business succeeding.
We’re here to help you do just that.
Here’s what the program looks like
- 7 half-day sessions delivered virtually
- Guidance and support from our knowledgeable business advisors
- Personalized support and access to industry experts
- A detailed workbook tailored for this program
- A business plan template along with a detailed financials spreadsheet
- A network of other entrepreneurs in the program who you can connect with and learn from
What you’ll learn
With our program you’ll learn the fundamental aspects that make a great business plan:
- Introduction to business planning
- Conducting market research
- Creating your customer personas and marketing strategy
- Developing your marketing plan
- Management, operations, and internal control
- Developing your financial plan
- Risk analysis, contingency planning
- And much more!
Dates & Cost
Every Tuesday from 9am – 12pm, starting on April 9th.
(April 9, 16, 23, 20, May 7, 14, 21).
$195 + GST
Let’s navigate your business journey together.
Book a call to see if our Business Planning Program fits your goals.
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Rosalie Harms, CPA, CMA, CMC, MBA has over 20 years of professional experience in financial management, business advising/consulting, economic development, teaching, and workshop development and facilitation for both the private and not-for-profit sectors across multiple industries.
In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Rosalie is currently a faculty member in the Department of Business and Administration at the University of Winnipeg.
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Sherri Cairns is a Certified Business Counsellor with over 20 years’ experience working with entrepreneurs from across Canada. As an experienced trainer and instructor, Sherri has developed and delivers programs for the Manitoba Tourism Education Council (MTEC) and the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT). Currently, Sherri is an instructor with Booth University College teaching Organizational Behaviour, as well as working with the University of Winnipeg PACE program teaching Organizational Behaviour, Effective Oral Communication, and Business Fundamentals.
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Peter Moreira has over 15 years of professional experience in financial management, economic development, business consulting, planning, and teaching. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Legacy CGA) (CPA, CGA), holds an MBA graduate degree, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) undergraduate degree. His experience includes key roles in business start-up, expansion, and successful succession/sale, of numerous businesses in Manitoba. This expertise is supported and enhanced by his previous roles as a CFO with the Province of Manitoba Government and as an Assistant Deputy Minister. In addition to his consulting practice, Peter shares his knowledge and experience as a continuing Faculty Member at the University of Winnipeg, in the Business and Administration Department, and is a regular Session Leader in the Professional Education Program with the CPA Western School of Business.
Trusted by Manitoban Entrepreneurs
« An amazing organization for young entrepreneurs like myself and many others: a great source for a wealth of information. Great respects for the amount of time and work put in and I can’t wait to utilize these new skills that I’ve gained! »
– BPP participant, Fall 2023
“There’s a strong appetite for entrepreneurs to understand the tools needed to implement their business ideas successfully. The World Trade Centre Winnipeg’s Business Planning Program explains everything required to develop a plan covering every aspect of starting or expanding a business. The quality of the presenters enhanced my experience, the space for sharing and networking and practical tools to build sections of the business plan with ongoing expert support. Our city needs more programs like these.”
– Josué Figueroa, Director of Social Enterprise, MCC Manitoba
At an overall level, how would you rate the content of the Business Planning Program?
4.75 average rating from past participants
Did this program help you to complete your business plan?
4.38 average rating from past participants
How is the Business Planning Program delivered?
Our program is held completely virtual using Microsoft Teams. This allows us to help entrepreneurs from all over the province! (Please note that to join the sessions you will need to use the Teams app as opposed to Teams in browser).
Who is this program for?
Manitoba-based entrepreneurs looking to develop a sound business plan. Ideally you will have a specific business idea you are committed to focusing on. If you already have an existing business and never wrote a formal business plan before, this program is for you!
I am just getting started in business, is the Business Planning Program best place to start?
This program is best suited for those with an idea they are committed to pursuing or already have an existing business. If you aren’t sure what you want to do just yet, it might be best to wait. However, if you’re extremely curious and eager to learn, it can still be of great value. If you aren’t sure, you can always hop on a free call with one of our business advisors to see if this program would be a good fit for you.
Will you be writing my business plan for me?
We will be offering you guidance and support every step of the way, but we will not be writing your business plan for you. We will gladly review what you are working on and offer advice as you move along the program.
What happens after I’ve completed the Business Planning Program?
When you’re done with the program, you’ll have a completed business plan that you can use for the rest of your business journey – as long as you’ve been doing your homework! You will also receive a certificate of completion.
Your business plan is a living document and should be updated as time passes. You’ll now possess the skills required to write a great business plan. When completed, you can always reach out to us at the World Trade Centre Winnipeg for ongoing support and guidance for your business.