LA Mission Hosts First-Ever “Start > Go > Grow” Entrepreneurial Workshop Series
LA Mission College, in collaboration with the Business & Entrepreneurship Sector of the Los Angeles Region, held the first “Start > Go > Grow” entrepreneurial workshop series on its campus June 7-8 and June 28-29, 2019. Open to students and the community, these two, two-day workshops connected aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools, resources, and networks to help advance their endeavors.
“This is not just a workshop about self-discovery and finding the motivation to take the next step. This workshop is the next step,” states Georgia Abbott, facilitator of the workshop series.
Utilizing the Business Model Canvas, Ideo Design Thinking and Harvard Market Planning methodology, students are guided through the process of launching their business, product, or service—including incorporation options, funding options, positioning/marketing, creating support networks, navigating LA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, pitching to investors, and connecting to local Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).
“Participants leave with skills and tools to move forward after the workshop is over,” said Abbott.
In addition, participants had the opportunity to learn from a storytelling panel of local entrepreneurs who shared their personal journeys while serving as day mentors. A resource panel connected participants to funding sources, LinkedIn Learning, and their SBDC contact. Everyone who attended both days of the workshop received a free, one-year subscription to LinkedIn Learning, with access to courses on many entrepreneurially-focused business topics.
Because of the success of this program as indicated by participant surveys, the Business & Entrepreneurship sector of LA plans to expand the Start > Go > Grow entrepreneurial workshop series to other colleges in the LA Region, beginning with Cerritos College during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019. These efforts help to further advance entrepreneurial mindsets and skills and promote the educational resources offered through the region’s community college system.