SBDC Resources

Welcome

The Coconino SBDC provides a wide variety of resources to our clients.  Our expertise is passed on to our clients during our face to face sessions.  We also have many resources that we have reviewed for our clients that are posted on our resource pages.  Whether you are a start-up or an existing business we have resources for you.

Take a look around our resource pages for industry-specific resources, local support, document templates, free/low-cost software and online training for your business needs. 
 

ALERT: There is an extensive amount of external resources available on this page. Coconino Community College, Coconino SBDC, Arizona SBDC, National SBDC, and the SBA are not responsible for your experience with any of these resources. Use these resources at your own risk.

Veteran Resources

The Coconino SBDC wants to support Veterans who would like to start or grow a business.  We work with SBA programs to help Vets get the resources that they need.  Please contact us for further information.

 

Online Resources

 

Start-Up Resources

Starting a business can be rewarding both personally and financially if done in the right way.  The SBDC helps you understand what it takes to start and run a business. 

If you have not started up or run a business before, take a look at our " Self Assessment" page for self-assessment tools.  This section is set up in the general order that a business should be developed and started.  You can follow the order or jump around according to your needs.

 

 

Local Programs


 Coconino County Basic Business Empowerment Program - A classroom program that meets for 10 weeks and helps the participants work through the process of developing a business plan.  

  • You will work hand in hand with the county mentors and the SBDC to develop your plan.  
  • You have the support of the SBDC when you graduate from the program.  

 

Self Assessment

To start the process, work through the self-assessment tool to see what your entrepreneurial inclinations are.  We are assuming that you have a business idea to start with.

Do you have the personality of an Entrepreneur?  Take the assessment below to find out. 


Do you have some of the business acumen, knowledge, and support to start a business?  Take this assessment to gauge where you are.  This is a private company's assessment tool, it is free and you are NOT required to sign up for their services.

 

Business Model

When you are asked about a business model — as in, "So what's your business model?" —it is really much more direct and basic question: "How do you plan to make money?"

We are tapping into the current "Lean Start-up" trends to help our clients develop their business model.  Below are articles and resources on Lean Start-up practices.  To the right are some websites that help guide clients through the development of a business model.

Business Model Development Software

Take a look at the tool below that can help you develop your business model.  It is based on a "lean canvas" model and are useful for brainstorming who your customers are, how you will interact with them, what your costs will be and what your pricing will be.  The brainstorming you do hear can be turned into parts of your business plan later.

This is a preliminary step that can be refined as you go along.  The idea is to start to identify how the business will run and make money so some early research can help you decide if the business is feasible.  Additional Lean Start-up resources are available below.

 

Business Model - Lean Startup

Lean Start-up practices have evolved within the software and app development industry but can be applied across just about any start-up.  The practice focuses on developing a minimum viable product and business model to get started with.  The front end planning and development required by traditional business planning are put to the side to allow more customer feedback to be gathered in an earlier stage of product/business development.

Lean Start-up Software Tools

Lean Start-up Articles and Resources

 

Business Model - Vakye Proposition

What is a Value Proposition?
A value proposition is a solution to your customer’s problem.  It goes hand in hand with the problem you are solving.  I am a customer, I walk in with a problem, I walk out with a solution.  The solution then is not your product or service, but the solution your product or service provides.  ie: the end result, the value given to the customer.
 

Value Proposition Resources

 

Research

If you feel comfortable with the idea of being an entrepreneur then it is time to research your idea.  Just because you think it is a good idea does not mean people will buy your product or service.  

It is a good idea to look at the possible size of the market.

Research your idea

Market Research

Local Demographic Information

Freelance Researchers

 

Business Plan

Business plans are very worthwhile even if the company you are developing is not in need of funding.  That said, the traditional 30 to 50-page business plan is more a thing of the past. 

Modern business plans are more direct, concise and to the point.  The financial analysis is one of the primary areas that will still be looked at in detail.

 

Checklists and Templates

Software

  •  Live plan - Excellent software that adds features all the time for the plan to be part of business operations in the long run.  We have an SBDC special that gives clients 6 months of access for $59.95.
  •  StratPad - Create an integrated free business plan and boost your business with our easy-to-use cloud-based business planning software.  We are starting to use this with a number of clients.  
  •  SBA Build a Biz Plan - Free to use, has issues logging back into it and you will need to reset password frequently.  Basic question and answer format.  Financial section is confusing, the rest is fine.

Sample Plans and Resources

Business Plan Writing Services

 

 

Funding

Start-up funding is difficult to come by.  We help our clients bootstrap their businesses or find capital from other sources. 

  • Boot Strapping (Self Funding)
  • Loans
  • Crowd Funding

 

Funding - Loans

Start-up funding is difficult to come by.  We help our clients bootstrap their businesses or find capital from other sources.  

Local Funding

Small Business Capital

 

Funding - Crowdfunding

According to  Wikipedia, crowdfunding (sometimes called crowd financing, equity crowdfunding or hyper funding) “describes the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.” 

Is crowdfunding right for your business?

Here is an excellent resource to research this question:

Crowd Funding Sites

More Crowdfunding

 

Business Setup

Part of doing business in Arizona is getting set up properly.  The SBDC has resources for Sole Proprietor, LLC, S Corp, and C Corp setup.

Basic definitions:

  • Sole Proprietor - the individual is the single owner of the business and therefore accountable for all company's debts or liabilities. 
  • LLC - whereby the members of the company cannot be held personally liable for the company's debts or liabilities.
  • S Corp - Pass-through taxation gives the major difference from an LLC, the S Corp must file a business tax return. 
  • C Corp - Separate taxation. Limit the personal liability of individuals involved in the corporation. Ownership belongs to the board and will run when original owners are replaced. 

 

Start-up FAQs

Start-up Guides

Business Glossary
Local Business Support