Emerge Applications are now available


What is Emerge:  Simply stated, Emerge is "Business 101: How to Start a New Business". Some of the areas featured in this program include: Legal Entities & Business Law,  Human Resources, Business Insurance, Marketing/Branding, Accounting, Taxes, Zoning, Ordinances, Commercial Real Estate, Sales Training and Non-Profit Management. The Emerge entrepreneurship program provides local entrepreneurs and business startups, with direction and support to walk through the complex steps required to start a successful business. The Emerge program was created to help new and future business owners do the careful planning required to minimize the risk of launching a new enterprise. Participants receive hands on experiences as they learn core entrepreneurial/business skills, which will help them take a business idea from the early stages, to a business ready to launch.

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce’s Emerge program provides introductory business classes to new and future business owners. Through this six-month program, participants build a strong network, improve business skills through writing a business plan, meet and learn from business experts from nine different industries, and work with a business mentor throughout the program.

Ideal Emerge participants are: 

1.  Individuals who have a business idea and want to start a brand new business but don’t know where or how to start the process.

2.  Individuals who currently own or operate a small business and want to take the next steps to help their business grow, or want to make sure that they have not missed any critical steps during their start up process.

Time Commitment: The Emerge program is a six month program which meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Classes will begin July 3rd and end on December 11th. Classes will be held at the College of Sequoias Visalia Campus. 

Tuition: Tuition for Emerge is $350.00 which includes all program materials, small business resource guide, 12 classes and a business mentor and access to industry experts.

During each Emerge class, participants will work with the instructor on a section of their business plan. Additionally each class will include an industry expert who will speak to the class and provide helpful tools and resources which can be incorporated into the business plan. 

*** If individuals would like to attend a single class session the cost is $50.00. 

To register for a single class please contact Nicola Wissler at 559-734-5876 or go to the Chamber events calendar.

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Tentative: July - December 2019 EMERGE Class Schedule

Class 1: July 3rd - Kick off, What is Entrepreneurship? Business idea vs Business opportunity, Brainstorm business ideas, What is the Chamber?

 Class 2: July 17th - Business idea proof of concept/class feedback, Introduction to the business plan

 Class 3: July 31st  - Product/service description, Management summary / Human Resources

 Class 4: August 14th - Company Summary, / Small Business Insurance

 Class 5: August 28th  - Market Research / Marketing, Branding, Public Relations

 Class 6: September 11th  - Financial overview, Financial Literacy/Accounting basics

 Class 7: September 25th - Financials deep dive, / Financial Report

 Class 8: October 9th - Strategy & implementation, Zoning/Ordinances/permits

 Class 9: October 23rd - Executive Summary, Small Business Financing

 Class 10: November 6th - Elevator Pitches & sales training / Nonprofits / Web marketing

 Class 11: November 27th - County Clerk (DBA), EIN numbers, Chamber Membership / CEO Panel

 Class 12: December 11th - Graduation / Networking