Business Planning Fundamentals returns for Summer 2022!

*Registration is open for new dates below!*

Coastline Colab is once again offering our made-in-qathet entrepreneurial business planning program for those who have a business idea, or have just started their business and are looking for support in how to move it forward.

The Business Planning Fundamentals program is designed to teach you the fundamentals of effective business planning and will lead you to a strategic business plan by the end of the five-week program.

Throughout the course you will come to understand the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in a business context. From local to regional to global perspectives of how to properly assess and develop your new business idea to achieve results, how to identify target market needs and wants, as well as other business skills necessary in developing and launching your business.

The program consists of 40 hours of online instruction streamed live through Coastline Colab, or from the convenience of your own home. Classes start Thursday, July 7th.

The program also includes a very generous start-up coaching package of 10 x 1-1 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 and personalized coaching tailored to the specific needs of your business.

Course tuition: Now just $99

We want to support your new business coming to life in qathet as much as we can by lowering some barriers to getting started. The contents of the course (instruction + 1-1 mentourship) is valued at $1,850, but we are now able to offer it at just $99 thanks to the funding of our partners.

Program runs July 7 – Aug 4, 2022

Contact us at to reserve your spot! Spaces are limited to 14 participants.

The program kicks off on July 7th from 5-9pm, and continues with twice weekly sessions, mostly on Monday & Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm (check the listed dates below for a few outliers). The course wraps up with a final session on Thursday, August 4th.

Past Participants are Saying:

The Business Planning Fundamentals course with Brian Hawkins was time well spent! Working through The Visual Business Plan book gave me great insight, structure, and ideas for my interior design business. The format of the book satisfied my creative right brain while also feeding my analytical left brain. All of the supplemental info provided in the weekly Zoom sessions has been instrumental in setting up my business. The one-on-one sessions, with Brian allowed me to dig deeper into my processes, visuals, and plans. Brian is passionate, generous, knowledgeable, and a fantastic resource for any and all business questions. I highly recommend investing in yourself and your business by signing up for this course!”

-Chelsea Ballantyne

“Brian is down to earth while operating on a revolutionary business level. We run a non-profit social enterprise. This class helped us to access the process of planning that fit our timing and needs while inspiring root understandings of our impacts and drivers.

This class has allowed me to level up in all areas personal and professional. I think and critically plan better, while knowing the process is something I can return to as a guide over and over. We created not only a business plan, but a map, checklist and framework to reference, be proud of and share. I can’t wait for level 2 of this course!”

-Adriana Virtue

More about the Program

You will be provided with your own copy of The Visual Business Plan to work through alongside the course modules. Some of the topics you will learn about are:

  • The realities and opportunities of modern entrepreneurship
  • Idea development & opportunity selection
  • Understanding the marketplace: buyers, sellers, analysis & planning
  • Connecting with your most ideal customer base & creating rapport
  • Marketing & best practices for sales
  • Budgeting to fund future development 
  • Managing your new endeavour
  • Pitch and presentation skills
  • and much more

Program Schedule

Session 1: Thursday, July 7, 5-9pm
Session 2: Saturday, July 9, 9am-12pm
Session 3: Monday, July 11, 5:30-8:30pm
Session 4: Thursday July 14, 5:30-8:30pm
Session 5: Monday, July 18, 5:30-8:30pm
Session 6: Thursday, July 21, 5:30-8:30pm
Session 7: Monday, July 25, 5:30-8:30pm
Session 8: Thursday, July 28, 5:30-8:30pm
Session 9: Tuesday, Aug 2, 5:30-8:30pm
Session 10: Thursday, Aug 4, 5-9pm

The Instructor

Business Planning Fundamentals is taught by Brian Hawkins ( – 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 to find out more

Business Planning Fundamentals is powered by Coastline Colab’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development program and is made possible in partnership with the City of Powell River

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