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Business 101

Steps to Success Business Training Program

All clients are required to complete the Introduction to Business course prior to submitting a loan request. The program is highly beneficial regardless of business development stage.


Explore the basic steps to starting a business and connections to resources to start the planning process. This 3-hour course covers business plan basics and personal decision making (credit, lifestyle, aptitude, etc.) If you have ever dreamed of owning your own business or wondered if your business ideas were feasible, this class is for you.


Is a 4-part, 12-hour series that covers business planning and writing the business plan. Participants will gain knowledge to develop the marketing, management and financial sections of the business plan.


Is a 2-part, 6-hour, hands-on workshop devoted to market planning and research. Participants will work on their own business project and case studies, learning to turn research into a feasibility study, strategic market plan and financial projections.


Have you ever wondered where great business ideas come from? Do you want to know how to put your ideas to the test? When you enter into this training session, you will begin a three-hour journey of exploration that will take you from inside yourself to the outer limits of your imagination! Learn how to take your dreams, put them to the test, and turn them into reality!

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Steps to Success Business Coaching Program


  • Call us at 218-339-3940, email us at [email protected] or complete a Request for Service form Click to download
  • Attend Business 101: Introduction to Business seminar scheduled monthly. All business owners or potential business owners will benefit from this 3-hour seminar. Topics covered include: you as a business owner, marketing, management, legal requirements and finance.


You and your consultant will determine the “Steps to Success” for your specific project and create an individual business development plan (IBDP), which may include:

  • Personal Assessment – Skills & Financial
  • Referrals to Other Agencies / Resources
  • Training
  • 1:1 Coaching
  • Business Plan Development Tasks including Market Research
  • On-going Coaching for Accounting, Marketing and Management


The outcomes of this process depend on your COMMITMENT and DILIGENCE in completing tasks as required. Though we can provide insights and business tools and perform due diligence in reviewing your plans – this is YOUR BUSINESS – the decisions and direction are ultimately dictated by you. As a team we can work through the Steps to Success and complete a business plan that will be your guide to achieving your business goals and help you secure needed funding.

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12 Steps to Success

by Nicole Trumps 
"I never dreamed about success. I worked for it." - Estée Lauder

The road to success is often long and challenging. Sometimes, it may seem that our goals can only be reached with luck, wealth, or powerful connections. However, if we look at most successful people, we'll notice that the vast majority of them did not have these advantages. So how did they do it, and how do they continue to be successful? 
The meaning of success varies from person to person, but what it takes to get there generally does not. It doesn't happen through magic; in fact, the recipe is actually quite simple. Take a look at these 12 things most successful people do every day:

  1. They create and pursue focused goals.

  2. They take decisive and immediate action.

  3. They focus on being productive, not being busy.

  4. They make logical, informed decisions.

  5. They avoid the trap of trying to make things perfect.

  6. They work outside of their comfort zone.

  7. They keep things simple.

  8. They focus on making small, continuous improvements.

  9. They measure and track their progress.

  10. They maintain a positive attitude as they learn from mistakes.

  11. They spend time with motivational people.

  12. They maintain balance in their life.

There you have it. 12 simple but essential steps to success. Keep in mind that no statement takes precedence over the other. All are equally important in your journey to success!

How does this list compare to you? Did reading these steps help you notice any problem areas you may have that may be holding you back? Do you have any other steps to add? Let us know!