What is Emerge:  Simply stated, Emerge is "Business 101: How to Start a New 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. Participants will write a robust business plan and have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of potential investors and supporters. Throughout the program participants will meet with industry experts who will provide background, current trends and best practices for various areas of 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. 

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 11th and end on December 19th. Classes will be held at the College of Sequoias Visalia Campus. 

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

During each Emerge class, participants will work with the instructors 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.

July 2018 EMERGE Class Schedule:

July 11th: What is Entrepreneurship / Business Idea vs Business Opportunity / What is the Chamber, how can they be a resource.

July 25th: Business Proof of Concept / Introduction to the Business Plan / Economic overview of the County.

August 8th: Product, service description / Management summary / Small Business Law (legal roadblocks) 

August 22nd: Company summary / Human Resources (how to hire and manage employees) / Small business insurance (what are the requirements).  Register Now

September 5th: Market research / Business names / Product, price, promotion / Marketing, branding & public relations (why does it matter and what works best) Register Now

September 19th: Financial literacy / Accounting basics (how do you set up your financials, programs and best practices). Register Now

October 3rd: Financial deep dive / Sales taxes (what are the requirements). Register Now

October 17th: Strategy & implementation / Zoning, ordinances, permits and commercial real estate (What does the city and state require). Register Now

November 7th: Executive Summary / Sales training. Register Now

November 28th: DBA's EIN numbers / Financing & small business loans / Web marketing (websites and e-mail marketing). Register Now

December 5th: Non-profits (next steps) & corporate giving / CEO Roundtable. Register Now

December 19th: Graduation / Networking Mixer