8-week Business Planning Program starting in May 2021

Business Planning Fundamentals

Registration is now open!

Coastline Colab now offers an eight-week, nine-session entrepreneurial business planning program developed for those who have a business idea or have just started their business and who are looking for the strategies and tactics to move their business idea forwards.

The Business Planning Fundamentals training series is designed to teach you the fundamentals of effective business planning, and will lead you to a strategic business plan at the end of the program. Throughout the program you will come to understand the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in a business context, from local to regional and global perspectives, how to properly assess and develop your new business idea to achieve results, how to identify target market needs and wants, and finally other business skills necessary in developing and launching your business.

The program consists of 40 hours of COVID-friendly on-line instruction streamed live over eight weeks through Coastline Colab, or from the convenience of your own home, starting Saturday, May 22.

The program includes a very generous start-up coaching package of ten 1-on-1 sessions with a private business coach! This is an incredible offer to not only learn how to put your business plan together, but to also receive invaluable launch-coaching tailored to the specific needs of your personal business.

Receive the whole course for only $250!
(Valued at $1,850)

*Partial bursaries are available upon request – contact us to find out more*

May 22 – July 7, 2021

The program kicks off with a Saturday session on May 22 from 9:30 am-2:00 pm, and continues with seven weekly sessions on Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30 pm, plus one more Saturday session on June 19 (10:00 am-1:30 pm). The course ends on Wednesday, July 7.

Contact us at programming@coastlinecolab.ca to reserve your spot! Spaces are limited to 12 participants.

Chances to Win

All participants will be encouraged to enter Spring Activator’s Launch Challenge upon entry into Business Planning Fundamentals with a chance of winning a grand prize of $10,000 to put towards your business!

Upon completion of the program, participants will also have an opportunity to win a six-month business incubation membership with Coastline Colab, with a value of $1,950!

More about the Program

Through the course modules, you will learn:

  • The realities and opportunities of entrepreneurship
  • Marketplace, buyers and sellers, analysis and planning
  • Opportunity selection and idea development 
  • Developing a keen sense of and rapport with your most ideal customer base 
  • Marketing strategies and tactics
  • Budgeting and finances to fund development 
  • Plan development and presentation skills

Program Schedule

Session 1: Saturday, May 22, 9:30 am-2:00 pm
Sessions 2 – 8: Wednesdays from May 26 to July 7, 5:30-8:30 pm, plus Saturday June 19, 10:00 am-1:30 pm

The Instructor

Business Planning Fundamentals is taught by Brian Hawkins (www.brianphawkins.com) – a US-based entrepreneur, start-up coach, and branding and social media expert, with more than 20 years of experience teaching entrepreneurship and innovation in both urban and rural contexts, nationally as well as internationally.

What can you expect at the end of the program?

You will have developed a workable understanding of what it takes to be an entrepreneur and of how to develop and build your own business – and most importantly, you will have developed a strategic business plan that will help you actually launch your business and bring your idea to market.

Join other passionate people and take control of your future – sign up today!

Reach out to us at programming@coastlinecolab.ca to find out more!


Business Planning Fundamentals is powered by Coastline Colab’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development program and is funded by Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET)

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