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Calling all budding business owners!

Main Street Ottumwa has created an eight-class Business Fundamentals course covering the basic aspects of business.  Learn from the experts in our community who are passionate about helping you build the business of your dreams.

We'll take you through the process of creating a business plan and elevator pitch. Talk to a banker about what you need to get approved for financing, a lawyer about protecting yourself from bad business structure and how to properly market your business.  We'll hear from a local Accountant and an Insurance Agent to help you feel informed about what kind of coverage you need.

Attend all of the classes and be eligible to win up to $4,500 as the Grand Prize winner of the Business Plan Presentation Contest on October 20, 2022!

Class Schedule

All classes will be held from 6pm-9pm at 334 E Main Street, Ottumwa, IA

Tuesday, September 20: Preliminary Meeting
Thursday, September 22: “Introduction to Small Business and Business Plan”with Kelly Prickett at SBDC
Tuesday, September 27: “How to Run a Small Business”with Dusty Ware at Warehouse BBQ and Floor to Ceiling
Thursday, September 29: “Credit: How do YOU Score, and How Can You Build It?” with Teri Messerschmitt at South Ottumwa Savings Bank
Tuesday, October 4: “What is Legal? What is Economic Development?”with Paul Zingg and Zach Simonson
Thursday, October 6: “Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising”with Lindsey Newland at The Newland Company
Tuesday, October 11: “Understanding Financial Statements, Your Business and Taxes: The Foundations for Success”with Brad Barnes at Bradley T. Barnes, CPA
Thursday, October 13: “What Kind of Coverage Does Your Business Need?”with Tom Shafer at Farmers Insurance
Tuesday, October 18: Putting the final touches on your presentation: Optional Work Session

Thursday, October 20: Class Presentations and Graduation

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