2019 Plan for Growth Application
Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, Skopos Collective, and JPMorgan Chase + Co Present:

A 10-week business education series exclusively for
small industrial businesses in Southwest Brooklyn.

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The main objective of Plan For Growth is to help the business owner envision the next phase of the company and build a manageable roadmap to achieve that vision. Now in its 3rd year, Plan For Growth has worked with over 50 companies helping owners to focus on developing the leadership critical to staying on the path to growth and scaling operations. This series will help you develop your business over 10 classes (four hours each) that will meet weekly. (See schedule below.) All classes are devoted to topics that will help you build your business acumen and elevate your work. You will be challenged to rethink your status quo by experts in the fields of leadership, finance, marketing, human resources and company culture. There will be highs and there will be lows. And we will be there with you to provide support. Ultimately, the decisions you make and the journey you pursue is up to you and your vision.

In addition to the classes, two one-hour private consulting sessions will be provided to answer in-depth questions you might have and provide personalized feedback.

Classes will take place at the Innovation Lab located at Building 87 in Industry City. (Please see dates below.) Each class shall begin promptly at 9:00AM and will end at 1:00PM.

Priority will be given to:
- Businesses that are engaged wholly or partially in manufacturing / production of a product in any industry.
- Businesses that are MWBE- or Veteran-owned.

Participant requirements:
- Commit to attending 10 four-hour sessions held one day each week from 9am - 1pm
- Complete a growth plan for the business (most work will be done in class)
- The President / CEO as participant. Exceptions may be made for senior managers.

If you have any questions about the course, contact Michelle Saenz at msaenz@sbidc.org.

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation is a forty-year-old nonprofit membership organization providing vital services to industrial employers and the workforce of Gowanus, Red Hook and Sunset Park. We support equitable economic development by helping our businesses grow, connecting local residents to quality careers, and advocating for a working waterfront that provides essential support to the New York City economy. For more information, visit sbidc.org.
Skopos helps ambitious business owners better compete and negotiate in New York City’s fast-paced, ever-changing business climate (and be better prepared for the messy middles). We do so through our strategic business advisory services as well as educational workshops centered around Small Business Finance.
Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the fee for is $400 which comes with a one-year SBIDC membership.
Deadline to submit applications is 5pm on Wednesday, April 22, 2019.
All applications are to be submitted using this form.
May 9: Revisiting your Core: Scaling your business from within.
May 16: Navigating the future growth with your vision in mind.
May 23: Financial Lingo
May 30: It’s all about the metrics, baby!
Jun 6: Company Culture
Jun 13:Human Resources
Jun 20: Communications, Marketing + Customer Personas
Jun 27: Create a Digital Marketing Strategy for Your Business
Jul 11: Stop sweeping your ops under the rug!
Jul 18: Assumptions, Projections and Financing, Oh My!
Jul 25: Growth Plan Presentations
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Business Name
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Your Title (Founder, Owner, CEO, etc.)
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Business Address / City / State / Zip
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Business Phone
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Home Address / City / State / Zip
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How did you hear about the Plan for Growth Program?
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(Mark all that apply) Your business:
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Number of full-time employees
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Number of part-time or 1099 employees
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Where would you like to see your business in three years? (You can be as detailed as you’d like.)
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What are your top 3 challenges?
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Does your company have a business plan? Has your business had a business plan in the past?
What do you perceive are the most challenging or pressing issues you face as you work on and in your business?
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In 2018, approximately what were your total revenues?
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In 2018, approximately what were your profits/losses?
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What are your projected revenues for 2019?
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Does your business conduct online sales?
What bookkeeping software do you use?
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Do you provide terms to your customers for products/services? (ie: 30/60/90 days for your clients to pay you for goods purchased?)
Do you have an HR manual?
Who are your top 3 customer types? (ie: Online, Direct to Consumer, etc.)
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What additional capacity, people tools, etc would you need to invest in to handle growth?
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Do you plan to make any investments in your business in the next year or two to pursue business opportunities?
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If you answered yes to the above, how do you plan to finance the planned investments?
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Does your business hold any loans from banks, online lenders, investors, friends and family, etc?
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Has your business ever been turned down for a traditional loan related to the business?
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Briefly describe what you hope to gain from the PFG workshops
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Anything else you would like to tell us?
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