What we're about

ONLINE MEETUP inviting aspiring business owners in the US and beyond to connect and research the right business venture for them.

SMALL BUSINESS INSTITUTE - Due Diligence Courses & Resources

SBI is a small business ownership meetup group that provides access to online courses, coaching and market resources to help first-time business owners and entrepreneurs make the right decisions in starting and launching a business.

This is for individuals who wish to:

- Break free from corporate and be their own boss by researching the right business match for them and taking the steps to start it.

- Explore career options in business ownership as a transition away from W2 employment in corporate, government or consultancy.

- Find funding for a small business, either for startup capital or for growth.

- Learn about setting up, marketing, building a great team, leadership, management and return on investment for a small business.

- Compare independent startups, developing turn key businesses, and acquiring existing businesses.

- Research absentee concepts as a way to mitigate the risks of unexpected layoffs from full-time job and to create additional revenue streams for financial security.

- Optimize and grow an existing small business.

- Find resources to overcome roadblocks or challenges in an existing business.

- Define a sound exit strategy in preparing a business for an eventual sale with optimal R.O.I. and for their last act of ownership.

- Source small business professional services.

- Network with other aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs.

Our business ownership lab is an educational environment to optimize success in small business ownership.

I look forward to growing with you!

Cheers to building a life we love!

Your Organizer,
Patricia

Patricia Bottero St-Jean, MBA
Founder of OPEN FOR BUSINESS
408-230-9613
pb@openforbusinesslab.com

Upcoming events (5)

ONLINE: KEY STEPS TO FUND & LAUNCH YOUR TECH. STARTUP on Sat. Morn' Brew & Chat

Welcome to our bi-monthly Saturday Morn' Brew & Chat! Our virtual meetups are casual. Feel free to join us in cozy clothes or in your PJs. Video chats always feel more connected but if you prefer to join us just with audio that is fine too. Sometimes it's a free webinar with a presentation on a useful topic. Other times, it's a conversation with a guest speaker who shares their expertise! Dress Code: PJs or cozy outfit BYO-Coffee: tea or chai latte. On Zoom: Video and Audio or just Audio is OK (just click the link sent after your register.) ===================================================================== THIS WEEK'S TOPIC - Click here to register: https://openforbusinesslab.mykajabi.com/registration-page-to-sat-morn-brew-chat-8-15-20-at-900am-2 ===================================================================== KEY STEPS TO FUND & LAUNCH YOUR TECH STARTUP ===================================================================== Do you have a brilliant tech idea for an I.T. startup but need funding to launch it. Join us on Sat. Morn' Brew & Chat with I.T. startup expert, Tyler Buechler, who will walk you through your options in getting your brilliant idea to market. In this session, Tyler Buechler is going to educate you on where you can go to find financing to start your business and how to get it. Over the last 16 years, Tyler has started and grown multiple IT companies and has found the financing he needed using multiple sources which he is going to share with you. From bank financing to private investors there are many ways to get financing and all of them require organization and preparation. Tyler will cover how knowing your Ideal User and having a business plan are crucial parts of the equation. He will also cover what makes options like a Kickstarter campaign or self-financing a unique opportunity that you shouldn't ignore. Join us as Tyler shares his experience to give you an edge in getting the financing you need to get your business started. OUR GUEST PRESENTER: TYLER BUECHLER Tyler Buechler is an entrepreneur and business coach with fifteen years of experience starting and building businesses in the I.T. and software development industry. He loves working with others and helping to coach and teach people to achieve their own goals. His passion for helping others led him to his next business venture of becoming a business mentor so he can pass on his experience. Tyler spent the last fifteen years actively building a company from inception to nearly 100 employees and gathering thousands of clients. His experiences are what he used to develop the FEARLESS system to help even the most novice entrepreneur become an expert problem solver and business owner. With individualized strategy and mentorship, he takes his clients through the process of identifying their own pitfalls and overcoming the struggles that all entrepreneurs face. Tyler grew up on a small family farm in North Dakota and attended college at North Dakota State University, where he met his first business partners. While all three of them were completely new to business ownership and had no previous knowledge or experience, they transformed their initial business into a group of companies that serviced clients all over the US and in multiple countries. Tyler’s belief in learning the skills of real-world entrepreneurial practice drives him to guide others that have a passion to build their dream business. =================================================================== Register here: https://openforbusinesslab.mykajabi.com/registration-page-to-sat-morn-brew-chat-8-15-20-at-900am-2 Link to the Zoom session will be sent to you upon registration. =================================================================== Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you'd like to suggest a topic, or to recommend a guest speaker, or if you would like to be the guest speaker! Talk soon, PB Your organizer, [masked]

ONLINE: Saturday Morning Brew & Chat

Online event

If you have not been to a Saturday Morning Brew & Chat yet you are welcome to join us this coming Saturday. Our virtual meetups are casual. Feel free to join us in cozy clothes or in your PJs. Video chats always feel more connected but if you prefer to join us just with audio that is fine too. Sometimes it's a free webinar with a presentation on a useful topic. Other times, it's a conversation with a guest speaker who shares their expertise! Dress Code: PJs or cozy outfit BYO-Coffee: tea or chai latte. On Zoom: Video and Audio or just Audio is OK (just click the link sent after your register.) ===================================================================== THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: Pivot Your Career & Business: Steps to Start an Online Business, a Side Gig or Expand Your Business Online Crises like we are experiencing today usually force us to think outside the box and to innovate. As small businesses and employees struggle with the consequences of the pandemic and quarantine many must evaluate new paths to generate income by pivoting or expanding business activities. This Saturday’s discussion is about taking your business online or starting a new online project either as full-time business or as a side gig. Fortunately, today there are many tools that were not available in previous decades Patricia Bottero St-Jean (PB) shares the steps and tools to help you vet your new idea for a new online business (or a side gig) or for existing businesses who are innovating. The preliminary research you need to vet your idea to ensure that it will fly and not flop. - What tools & apps will you need for your online business. - What types of business that are or will be in high demand. - What business loans and funding resources are available including loans guaranteed by the SBA. =================================================================== Please register here: https://openforbusiness.kartra.com/page/SatMornBrewandChat Link to the Zoom session will be sent to you upon registration. =================================================================== Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you'd like to suggest a topic, or to recommend a guest speaker, or if you would like to be the guest speaker! Talk soon, PB Your organizer, [masked]

ONLINE: Saturday Morning Brew & Chat

Online event

If you have not been to a Saturday Morning Brew & Chat yet you are welcome to join us this coming Saturday. Our virtual meetups are casual. Feel free to join us in cozy clothes or in your PJs. Video chats always feel more connected but if you prefer to join us just with audio that is fine too. Sometimes it's a free webinar with a presentation on a useful topic. Other times, it's a conversation with a guest speaker who shares their expertise! Dress Code: PJs or cozy outfit BYO-Coffee: tea or chai latte. On Zoom: Video and Audio or just Audio is OK (just click the link sent after your register.) ===================================================================== THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: Pivot Your Career & Business: Steps to Start an Online Business, a Side Gig or Expand Your Business Online Crises like we are experiencing today usually force us to think outside the box and to innovate. As small businesses and employees struggle with the consequences of the pandemic and quarantine many must evaluate new paths to generate income by pivoting or expanding business activities. This Saturday’s discussion is about taking your business online or starting a new online project either as full-time business or as a side gig. Fortunately, today there are many tools that were not available in previous decades Patricia Bottero St-Jean (PB) shares the steps and tools to help you vet your new idea for a new online business (or a side gig) or for existing businesses who are innovating. The preliminary research you need to vet your idea to ensure that it will fly and not flop. - What tools & apps will you need for your online business. - What types of business that are or will be in high demand. - What business loans and funding resources are available including loans guaranteed by the SBA. =================================================================== Please register here: https://openforbusiness.kartra.com/page/SatMornBrewandChat Link to the Zoom session will be sent to you upon registration. =================================================================== Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you'd like to suggest a topic, or to recommend a guest speaker, or if you would like to be the guest speaker! Talk soon, PB Your organizer, [masked]

ONLINE: Saturday Morning Brew & Chat

Online event

If you have not been to a Saturday Morning Brew & Chat yet you are welcome to join us this coming Saturday. Our virtual meetups are casual. Feel free to join us in cozy clothes or in your PJs. Video chats always feel more connected but if you prefer to join us just with audio that is fine too. Sometimes it's a free webinar with a presentation on a useful topic. Other times, it's a conversation with a guest speaker who shares their expertise! Dress Code: PJs or cozy outfit BYO-Coffee: tea or chai latte. On Zoom: Video and Audio or just Audio is OK (just click the link sent after your register.) ===================================================================== THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: Pivot Your Career & Business: Steps to Start an Online Business, a Side Gig or Expand Your Business Online Crises like we are experiencing today usually force us to think outside the box and to innovate. As small businesses and employees struggle with the consequences of the pandemic and quarantine many must evaluate new paths to generate income by pivoting or expanding business activities. This Saturday’s discussion is about taking your business online or starting a new online project either as full-time business or as a side gig. Fortunately, today there are many tools that were not available in previous decades Patricia Bottero St-Jean (PB) shares the steps and tools to help you vet your new idea for a new online business (or a side gig) or for existing businesses who are innovating. The preliminary research you need to vet your idea to ensure that it will fly and not flop. - What tools & apps will you need for your online business. - What types of business that are or will be in high demand. - What business loans and funding resources are available including loans guaranteed by the SBA. =================================================================== Please register here: https://openforbusiness.kartra.com/page/SatMornBrewandChat Link to the Zoom session will be sent to you upon registration. =================================================================== Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you'd like to suggest a topic, or to recommend a guest speaker, or if you would like to be the guest speaker! Talk soon, PB Your organizer, [masked]

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