Manage Your Numbers Course

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Overview

In our Manage Your Numbers course, you will learn how to regularly report on key operational and financial metrics for your business and use those reports to make informed business decisions. This course is 6-weeks long and is suited for entrepreneurs who are preparing to receive funding and need to confidently manage funds and business performance.

What You Will Learn

Unit

Topics Covered
Measuring Success
  • Revisit your key performance indicators
  • Discuss what metrics support regular review of key performance indicators
  • Develop a set of metrics to measure monthly progress against your key performance indicators
Financial Reporting
  • Gain an understanding of financial reports in your accounting system
  • Learn how to read your financial reports and make sense of your numbers
  • Create a process for reviewing your key financial reports
Financial Performance
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of measuring actual financial performance against your budget
  • Learn how to review actual financial performance against your budget
  • Create a process for regularly reviewing actual financial performance against your budget
Managing Sales Goals
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of regularly reviewing your sales pipeline
  • Revisit your sales goals and how you track your sales pipeline
  • Create a process for regularly reviewing progress toward your sales goals
Creating Your Dashboard
  • Learn how a business dashboard can help you improve business performance
  • Learn how to create a dashboard for your business
  • Create a monthly dashboard to review business performance
Using Your Dashboard
  • Learn how to use your dashboard to make informed business decisions
  • Review your current dashboard and identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Create a process for updating and reviewing your dashboard

Prerequisites

Must be making sales to customers or have letters of intent for sales to potential customers, have a basic website and social media for your business, and have an up-to-date business plan and financial forecast.

Commit to Building Your Business

Average time commitment for our Manage Your Numbers Course is 8 hours / week dedicated to building your business, and includes the following weekly activities:

Title

Weekly 
Activity Weekly Commitment
Background Materials
  • Series of required background readings and videos on each unit to be completed online prior to the weekly workshop sessions
  • Describes concepts and their applications in developing a business

1-2 hours / week

Workshops
  • Weekly workshop sessions led by an expert instructor
  • Lecture and discussion on background materials, group activities, and reflection

2 hours / week

Business Development Activities
  • Weekly activities focused on your business development
  • Apply concepts learned in background materials and workshops

3-4 hours / week

Peer Mentoring
  • Weekly video conference with small peer group of other entrepreneurs in your course
  • Present weekly business development activities and receive constructive feedback from peers

1 hour / week

Meet Your Mentors

Course Dates

Our Manage Your Numbers Course is offered during the following times.

Online

Enrollment Period Program Dates Application Deadline
Winter, 2021 March 31 - May 12, 2021 May 15, 2020
Spring / Summer, 2021 July 21 - August 25, 2021 September 4, 2020
Fall, 2021 November 2 - December 14, 2021 January 8, 2021
Fall, 2021 November 3 - December 15, 2021 January 8, 2021

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