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Be Strategic

Work on your business,

not just in your business.

The Be Strategic program provides a unique opportunity for local non-competing businesses to work alongside each other to create a strategic business plan, network, and work on their business within a supportive group setting. The program consists of six, three-hour classes held once per week in the evenings facilitated by a local Entrepreneur Fund Business Advisor.

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2022 Be Strategic Courses

WISCONSIN BUSINESS OWNERS

Location: Superior, WI

Schedule: Mondays from 5 – 7:30pm; September 12 through October 17

NORTH SHORE BUSINESS OWNERS

Location: Grand Marais, MN

Schedule: Tuesdays from 5 – 7:30pm; September 20 through October 25

BE STRATEGIC SESSION TOPICS

Session 1: The Big Picture

Session 2: Navigating Business Trends, Tools & Hot Topics

Session 3: Making Sense of Your Financial Statements

Session 4: Marketing Strategies for Growth

Session 5: Putting It All Together

Session 6: Sharing Your Plan

Being Strategic with Sheet Metal Solutions

Mark and Becky LaTour are the owners of Sheet Metal Solutions and Be Strategic graduates. Initially they weren’t sure if they could commit the time needed. Now they credit the time they took in Be Strategic to intentionally work on their business to prepare for a trajectory of growth. Since completing the program, they have seen yearly sales growth increases from 18% to 133%, with profit every one of those years with the exception of 2020 due to Covid-19.

What was unique about the Be Strategic program?

“We’ve been in other class-type programs where there are other small business owners also taking the class, but we really enjoyed the way Be Strategic utilizes the setting to allow the businesses to engage with one another and not just with the person teaching the class.”

What would you say to a small business owner who is looking to grow their business?

“We’ve recommended Be Strategic to other business owners we know in the past, and they too have seen the benefits of the course. We highly recommend anyone who’s looking to gain some insight into how they can improve their business’ profitability. We just really enjoyed the program and feel it’s worth the time and effort. You will definitely get out of it what you put into it!

Read the full Be Strategic Q&A with Sheet Metal Solutions.

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