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Last Update: Tuesday June 15, 2021

Step 1. You are thinking about starting a business.

Eight Steps to start and grow a business

1.  You are thinking about starting a business

2.  You decided what product or service to sell
     and you have a name.

3.  You made your first sale

4.  You quit your job and you are supporting
.  (17M companies in the U.S.) 

5.   You hired one or more employees.
     (8M-to-10M U.S. companies are employers)

6.  You doing $1 - $3M in annual sales

7.  You have more than $3M in annual sales and
     you are focused on $10M and then $100M.
     The business is growing and is sustainable

8.   You are ready  for investment,  succession,
      or possibly to sell.

Three of 100+ videos about starting

Build On What You Know

2:31 | Play Now Four business owners, Jodi Johnson and  Dave Young of Oberon, Joe Fergus of COMTek, and Mark Gross of Oak Grove Technologies, all launched a business to provide support services to our troops. More...

Think Big

2:30 | Play Now By applying big business computing knowledge to his wife's already successful company, Michael McGilvray took it from $2 million to $63 million in sales.

Try An Incubator

3:24 | Play Now Host Hattie Bryant discovers that entrepreneurs energize each other at a business incubator.

Question:  How do you take your idea from mind to market?

Reflection:  Each of us, by nature, has a different approach to problem solving. 

On end. of the spectrum, there are entrepreneurs who will simply leap off the bridge and start once the idea has jelled in their head.  On the other end of the spectrum are people who will methodically plan and analyze prior to the launch.

Entrepreneurs succeed from both ends.
The failure rate, however,  is high no matter what approach you take.  

We have one purpose here.   To provide you with access to tools, technology, training and talent to make the transition from a Dream, Step  1 all the way to  Step 8 (you are ready to sell or acquire).

This is a journey with your unfolding dream always in focus on the horizon. 

You can either learn by your own experience, or you can learn from the experience of others.   You will find that if you learn from the successes and failures of other that you'll spend less and you experience fewer failures. 

Small Business School Library.   There are over 300 videos, transcripts, and case study guides about people who had a dream, acted on it, and became enormously successful.  Each video has a key question; and often, each key question is a hot link that goes to other video answers by other business owners.  You learn from those who have successfully made the journey from dream to sustainability.   

While those videos may be enough for the action types, those of you who are driven by facts and figures will want to learn “how” before you take off.  

Question:  Have you ever used a flight simulator where you are the pilot?   Actual simulators are used by both military and commercial pilots before they ever actually get airborne.   A mistake made in a laboratory can be examined and corrected.  That same mistake in flight can be fatal.  

The same is true with taking your business from mind to market.   Practice makes perfect.   Find a balance between “doing” the business on the fly and “making” the time to practice your “what ifs" before you risk the resources and capital.   

The product that we are all using is called SimVenture.

If you want to test your skills, an associate of ours, Ray Anderson, is offering all our members and guests  a risk-free opportunity to try SimVenture.  It was first deployed in Europe,  won many awards, and is now being introduced to  students and  faculty in the USA.   Ray will be the first to be offering it to business owners.  That begins with a free webinar and a 30-day demo copy of that software. 

If you get going with it, you will use it throughout your business career.  If you  like the look-feel-and-functionality of this simulator tool, but need some coaching and help to use it, you can join Ray and others in a collaborative  webinar.  That training will require membership and your own licensed copy of the software.  

The purpose of this site and this program is to help you lift off and not crash and burn.  The failure rate at the beginning is over 70%.   We believe all  budding entrepreneurs should get as much help as necessary so there is more success than failure.   More...

Who is Ray Anderson?

Ray watched the show on KVCR-TV way back in 1995 when it began in airing in California's Inland Empire on the PBS station, KVCR-TV.   He has called and written to us over the years.    

More recently Ray wrote to congratulate us for the New York Times syndication of the Small Business School streaming video. He has since called on us in many other ways.  

He has become a trusted adviser.