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Lorie Higgins

Entrepreneur Training

Open for Business: An Entrepreneurship Training Program

“Open for Business” is a small business training program structured as a mixed format series that can be offered in three-hour blocks once a week over a 4 – 6 week period or may be truncated to 10 hours over the course of a weekend.

Weekend formats do not include the Next Steps session, but one should be scheduled as a critical follow-up to the training.

Programs will be offered in rural host communities. To apply to have the series offered in your community, or to be added to a mailing list about future trainings, contact Lorie Higgins: or 208-885-9717.

Session 1

Planning Your Business
Topics include business feasibility, establishing goals and a mission statement, and start-up resources/steps. Effective marketing and management starts with a good plan.

Session 2

Marketing For Success
Participants will learn fundamental marketing principles, as well as how to identify target markets and competitors, position products and services effectively and identify the right mix of product, price, place and promotion.

Session 3

Financial Management
Basic accounting for businesses will be described. Learn the mechanics of income statements, budgets and other financial statements and how to use financial information for business decision-making.

Session 4

Next Steps
After one-on-one consultations with local resource providers they will discuss how they can support you as you move forward with your business venture. The workshop wraps up with a fruitful hour of group brainstorming on participants’ business goals and issues.

Additional workshops can be included in the series or offered as stand-alone trainings. Available workshops include:
  • E-Commerce for Artisans
  • Social Media
  • The Gold Standard of Customer Service
  • Photographing Art
  • Quickbooks

Workshop fee amount depends on travel costs, materials and space rental costs and whether grants or other subsidies are available to reduce fees. A recent series of workshops cost participants $15 per class because a grant offset fees.

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Partners include:

  • Two Degrees Northwest
  • Nez Perce Arts Council
  • One Sky North Idaho and tchnkwasqt One Sky Art Council
  • Idaho Horizons Program
  • City of Moscow
  • Latah County Economic Development
  • Idaho Horizons
  • University of Idaho’s Iota Gamma chapter of Beta Alpha Psi
  • Clearwater RC&D Council
  • USDA Rural Development
  • Idaho Community Foundation
  • Lewiston’s Small Business Development Center
  • Idaho Falls Small Business Development Center
  • Clearwater County Economic Development Council
  • Ida-Lew Economic Development Council
  • Disability Action Center NW
  • Heart of the Arts, Inc.
  • Idaho Commission on the Arts