ONLINE - Business Plan Workshop | Southern Washington | Tuesdays, beginning November 23

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Session overview

The cost of  this Business Foundations 1 class is covered by local funders and supporters of Mercy Corps Northwest’s Southern Washington Office. This class is only open to individuals whose businesses are physically located in Clark, Cowlitz, or Skamania counties in Washington. 

A business plan is your road map. Putting pen to paper will help make sure that you have thought through the details before you invest your time and money into a business. You need to know that your business can cover its’ costs and pay you for your time, otherwise, why do it? Business plans are an essential business document for start-ups and for existing businesses thinking of expanding or adding new products or services.

The plan helps to assure funders that you have a clear path to making your business profitable. In this workshop, you will have the support of your peers and a professional business coach to guide you through the process of writing your own business plan. 

Students are assumed to have an active understanding of the business plan components:

  • Marketing plan: Target audience, competitive matrix, value proposition
  • Operations plan: Business structure, licenses and permits, management and personnel
  • Financial plan: Documents, break-even, costs of goods sold, profit/loss, budget, and forecasting
  • Executive summary

Designed as a follow on to Business Foundations I, students will have a refresh of the business plan components, focus on writing their final business plans, and receive coaching where needed.  The class is primarily reserved for writing and coaching with some time saved to review business concepts.

At the end of four weeks, you will have an opportunity to have the plan reviewed by business financiers and professionals.

Who is this for?

This class is for early-stage business-builders who either have a solid business idea or an existing product or service. Following the fundamentals taught in Business Foundations 1, this class reviews the concepts at a higher level and then provides the space and time to apply this knowledge to your own business.


Times: The course consists of four, three-hour sessions. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  on the following dates:

  1. November 23
  2. November 30
  3. December 7
  4. December 14

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact

Registration policy

  • Registration closes three (3) days before each course. Once the course registration is closed, you will need to wait for the next offering in order to register. We cannot accommodate late registrations.
  • Clients need to complete all sections of the prompted questionnaire to successfully register for each course. If you do not complete the entire questionnaire, your spot will not be reserved. If you need assistance registering, please contact Training.
  • To cancel your registration please submit a request to  one week (7 days) prior to class start date.

This event is proudly hosted by Oregon Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest, funded in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, City of Vancouver, Clark County, and Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

The cost of  this Business Foundations 1 class is covered by local funders and supporters of Mercy Corps Northwest’s Southern Washington Office. This class is only open to individuals whose businesses are physically located in Clark, Cowlitz, or Skamania counties in Washington. If you have questions, please contact the Southern Washington office at

Kari Morrison

Kari Morrison


Kari Morrison has one basic philosophy to life and business is the golden rule of “treat people in the way you would want to be treated.” She is currently a consultant for Mercy Corps Northwest’s L.I.F.E. program and teaches courses as part of Oregon Women’s Business Center.  Kari is

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Business information

What industry is your business in?
What phase is your business in?
Is your business registered with the Secretary of State?

For Washington-based businesses, is it registered with the Department of Revenue?

What is your business registered as legally?

What kind of business did you register?

Do you work full time or part time at your business?
Is your business based out of your home?
Do you conduct business online?

Answer 'yes' if you do sales of any kind online.

Does your business have any employees?

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