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Your Presenter
Bob Voss
Business Entrepreneur Faculty DCTC
Owner-BizOwner Training LLC
ALE-Constant Contact®
Entrepreneur and BizOwner who has started and run
five businesses.
 Inventor-two patents on Optical Code Technology
 Raised a lot of money from Angel Investors
 Business Entrepreneur faculty member at Dakota
County Technical College
 2008 National Business Entrepreneur Instructor of
the Year (NACCE)
 Counselor with the SBDC
 In eleven years has helped over 1000 students and 300
clients with the SBDC start businesses
 New Biz author and creator of on-line assessments
 There
is more than one way to start a business in
• Most people start a new business from scratch!
• You can buy an existing!
• You can buy a franchise-The entrepreneurs source!
new model for income called a “portfolio
• Doing multiple things to generate the income you need!
• I strongly believe in this model, I am an example!
• One of the multiple streams of income should be your own
• Set specific periods of time to work on each stream
How many new businesses start each month in our state?
Are there more product or service businesses starting in our
What Percentage of businesses starting today have one or
more employees?
What percentage of businesses SURVIVE the first year of
STEP #1:
DECIDE you have what it takes
to start and grow a business! Is being a
BizOwner right for you?
STEP # 2: CHOOSE the best business for
YOU to start! Will the new business meet
your financial goal? Do you have confidence
your new business will succeed?
STEP #3: PLAN the new business. You
must create a simple business plan for your
new business!
 BizOwners
are made, not born! Anyone can
learn to start and run a successful business!
 Take the assessment “Would I Make A Good
BizOwner?” (Sent to you in PDF format)
 “Thinking of Starting a Business”
 Three important HABITS for new BizOwners:
• New BizOwners need to develop the promotion
• New BizOwners need to develop the connection
• New BizOwners need to develop the proof habit!
Create a one page overview for your new business!
• Use Assignment #1 sheet-Handout
• For multiple biz ideas, create a separate sheet for each biz!
• Always say what you have written OUT LOUD!
Your first goal is a financial goal!
• Use the Will My New Business Meet My Financial Goals-worksheet to
help with this decision! (PDF)
Do “The Interview Assignment” to verify that the business
you want to start is right for you!
• E-Book sent to your e-mail!
Confidence Booster: Take the “Will My New Business
Succeed?” assessment!
• Assessment is available on line for $10. Username and password good for three uses.
Why Business Plans are so important!
• Business Plans help guarantee success!
• Business Plans give confidence you are starting the right Biz!
• Business Plans force you to do financial projections!
My Experience with Business Plans!
• Written over 25 Business Plans (used to raise $6M)!
• Taught a formal 3-credit Business Plan class over 38 times!
• Graded over 1200 business plans!
Why the 21 Question Business Plan™ Works!
• Fast and Easy-You Should be able to complete your plan in 12-24 hours!
• You don’t have to be a good writer to create your plan!
• Questions are the exact questions people are going to ask you anyway!
-$25 TODAY (On-line at Amazon for $27)
-Includes the $10 “Will My New Business Succeed?” Assessment for
Select the right business entity for your business!
Personal vs Business liability issues!
Save money on the taxes you owe!
How much paperwork is involved?
Website to file: (annual renewals req.)
Obtain your EIN number!
• Called an SS4
• File with the IRS on-line at
Get a separate Business Checking Account!
• IRS wants you to use this account to buy stuff for the Biz!
State Tax Id (don’t forget sales tax)!
• File at
You should have a Company record Book!
• Don’t forget-you are required to hold and document an annual meeting
each year of the business!
• Office Phone 651-423-8356
• Cell Phone 612-202-6627
• College E-Mail [email protected]
• Biz E-Mail [email protected]

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