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Writing a Startup Business Plan to Take Your Solar Business to the Next Level!

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Want to get into the solar business,
but don't have a business plan?

No problem, the Arizona Solar Power Society has teamed up with leading Arizona small business development agencies to provide one-on-one business counseling to entrepreneurs and unemployed workers who want to learn how to write a successful a solar business plan.

Business counselors will also be available for existing business owners to discuss different strategies to take their company to the next level by expanding operations and developing better sales models.

Attendees will also learn where to get access to financial resources to fund your company's startup costs. Click here to view new rules mandated for small businesses by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/sd_sioux_falls/sd_recoveryactpresentation.pdf).

This event will have guest speakers from the Greater Phoenix SCORE office and the Small Business Administration.

SCORE will be presenting a free 2-hour powerpoint seminar on how to write an effective businesss plan.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

In addition to the presentation and Q&A session, there will be numerous small business planning experts avialable to conduct free 30-minute counseling sessions for anyone that needs help perfecting their solar startup business plan, which are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Hopefully, you have spent time researching the solar industry and are familiar with the products and services you will be selling. The SCORE and SBA people can help you with business plans. The Arizona Solar Power Society can provide you with details on the solar industry if needed.

Please contact Robert Hoskins to sign up for one of these free sessions. Attendees can also sign up for longer free counseling session at the event for a date later in the week.

If you want to prepare properly for this seminar, try writing your busines plan ahead of time. As you run into difficult questions during the process write them down and bring them to this seminar. Click here for an entry level solar business plan template (http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/plan/writeabusinessplan/index.html).

You will learn about a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses including 7(a) busines loan program (http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/7alenderprograms/index.html), 504 long term financing and disaster assistance loans (http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/sbaloantopics/cdc504/index.html).

You’ll also learn about eligibility requirements, SBA’s loan programs, surety bonds and the role of SBA, equity capital topics, special purpose loans, SBA partner topics and 7(a) lender programs.