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Step Ahead Power Point Presentation 2009 2010 Program

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Step Ahead Power Point Presentation 2009 2010 Program

  1. 2. Are you ready to take the next step?
  2. 3. <ul><li>Uniquely focused on business coaching and development for women by women </li></ul><ul><li>Y ear - long structured mentoring program for p rotégées who want to grow their businesses </li></ul>
  3. 4. The History <ul><li>Launched in 1992 by successful women to address business growth challenges unique to women entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>Not-for-profit volunteer organization with blue chip sponsors   </li></ul><ul><li>Over 500 participants since inception </li></ul><ul><li>Impressive roster of guest speakers </li></ul>
  4. 5. What You Get <ul><li>A year-long one-on-one mentoring relationship (minimum 3 hours per month) </li></ul><ul><li>Access to larger group of mentors </li></ul><ul><li>10 monthly educational workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Real-world advice from dynamic guest speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Lively roundtable discussions & mentor panels </li></ul>
  5. 6. Protégées and Mentors
  6. 7. Program Criteria - Protégées <ul><li>Growth oriented W oman Business Owner </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum 2 years in business </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum $250,000 annual revenue </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Commit to three hours mentoring/month </li></ul><ul><li>Attend 10 evening workshop sessions/year </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared to meet and work with a group of </li></ul><ul><li>outstanding women entrepreneurs </li></ul>
  8. 9. Who Are Our Mentors? <ul><li>F ounders and/or CEOs of thriving businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Record of successful expansion </li></ul><ul><li>Award winners/ Canada’s Top 100 Women </li></ul><ul><li>Business Owners </li></ul><ul><li>V olunteers -giving their time to mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Draw on their own experience to help protégées </li></ul>
  9. 10. The Workshops
  10. 11. Step Ahead Graduation
  11. 12. Honouring a Special Mentor
  12. 13. 2009 – 2010 PROGRAM SCHEDULE
  13. 15. Workshop #1 Laying the Foundation <ul><li>Why expansion planning? </li></ul><ul><li>Vision, mission & core values </li></ul><ul><li>Your business plan </li></ul>
  14. 16. Workshop #2 Defining Your Competitive Edge <ul><li>Market Research </li></ul><ul><li>How to define your target market </li></ul><ul><li>Product and service pricing </li></ul>
  15. 17. Workshop #3 Fundamentals of Finance <ul><li>Accounting principles </li></ul><ul><li>Forecasting costs and revenues </li></ul><ul><li>Banking relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Creative financial management </li></ul>
  16. 18. Workshop #4 Marketing <ul><li>How to market your product/service </li></ul><ul><li>Use an agency or do-it-yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>Unique selling proposition </li></ul><ul><li>Promotional strategies </li></ul>
  17. 19. Workshop #5 Sales <ul><li>Sales planning and process </li></ul><ul><li>Managing a sales team </li></ul><ul><li>Your web site as sales tool </li></ul>
  18. 20. Workshop #6 Managing People <ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Attracting and retaining talented people </li></ul><ul><li>Compensation </li></ul><ul><li>Firing </li></ul>
  19. 21. Workshop #7 Technology <ul><li>E-Business, e-commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Building an effective website </li></ul><ul><li>Leveraging mobile technology </li></ul><ul><li>Back-up systems </li></ul>
  20. 22. Workshop #8 Managing Business <ul><li>Filing government payments </li></ul><ul><li>Managing Accounts Receivable </li></ul><ul><li>Developing supplier relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Legal issues </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul>
  21. 23. Workshop #9 Growth Strategies <ul><li>Accessing capital for expansion </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing advisory boards </li></ul><ul><li>Going global </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing partnerships & alliances </li></ul>
  22. 24. Workshop #10 Work-Life Balance <ul><li>Work and family </li></ul><ul><li>Action plan </li></ul><ul><li>Your implementation schedule for expansion </li></ul>
  23. 25. Program Includes: <ul><li>Minimum 3 hours per month of one-on-one mentoring with your own mentor </li></ul><ul><li>10 evening group workshops with lectures, panel s, guest speakers and participatory roundtables </li></ul><ul><li>All course materials and hand-outs </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with like-minded women entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>A ccess to other mentors during workshops </li></ul><ul><li>10 light dinners </li></ul>
  24. 26. Program Cost <ul><li>$ 1,495 for one-year program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up today save $100 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program cost reduced to $1,395 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less than $27 a week </li></ul></ul>
  25. 27. Bus: 416-410-5802 Fax: 905-763-7429 E-mail: info@ stepaheadonline .com Web: www. StepAheadOnline .com

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