So you're thinking about starting a business...
This is so exciting! Entrepreneurship is all the things: fun, creative and challenging.
To get your journey started the right way, we have lots of resources and opportunities to share with you. It's all organized by the way you like to learn--scroll on and click on the items that appeal to you to get all the details.
I like to learn
If you like to learn in person with other motivated women, we have some great programs for you. You'll learn everything you need to get started (including help deciding whether your business idea is a good one).
Explore Your Business Idea Workshop
In this $50, half-day workshop, you'll refine your business idea, be inspired by other successful women entrepreneurs and learn the steps to start your business. You'll leave with some clarity, lots of things to think about and a new group of soon-to-be entrepreneur friends.
Side Hustle without the Hustle
In this free workshop, you'll learn how to set up a side business in 7 days. You'll get a helpful workbook and can ask as many questions as you'd like. We'll brainstorm ways to bring your idea to life asap.
Each month, we offer two workshops designed around topics relevant to women in business. You're invited to join us for any or all of them. They each include time for networking, as well as Q&A with the presenters.
I'd like to talk to someone one-on-one.
We'd love to connect with you! We offer free one-to-one coaching by phone, Zoom or in person. Just fill out this contact form and we'll set up a meeting to discuss your business idea.
I like to learn online.
If you prefer to learn solo and online, we have an on-demand course and three downloadable pdf's that you will find helpful.
Our 9-module online course will inspire you and help you get your business started. It is self-paced and you will get access to it for an entire year.
Elevator Pitch Plus Downloadable Handout
An Elevator Pitch Plus is a simple way to talk about your business that includes not only what you do, it also explains who your customers are, what problem you're solving for them and what benefits they receive from your business. Download this handout to get the simple format so you can perfect your Elevator Pitch Plus.
One-Page Business Plan Downloadable Handout
You may have heard that a business plan has to be several pages long with detailed spreadsheets. That is certainly true if you are trying to get funding, but when you're just starting out, all you need is one simple page. Our One-Page Business Plan handout covers the basics that summarize your business plans and goals.
Woman to Woman: Advice from Female Entrepreneurs
If you'd like to be inspired by words of wisdom from Aviatra alumni, this pdf will be perfect.
What other resources are available?
We are lucky to live in a region where entrepreneurs are supported by many helpful organizations. We've included several of these partners and resources below.
Front Doors to Entrepreneurship
There are three places to start, depending on where you live or want your business to be located:
Startup Cincy: serving the Greater Cincinnati, OH region
Blue North: serving Northern Kentucky
Launch Dayton: serving the Greater Dayton, OH region
It's very helpful to talk to small business experts when you're thinking about starting a business. Here are some great organizations that provide free help:
SCORE: When you apply for a SCORE mentor, you'll be matched with a retired business expert who can help you figure out your next steps. They serve Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, as well as the Dayton area.
SBDC: When you get started, Small Business Development Center mentors can give you expert assistance, especially with budgets and forecasting.
Women's Business Center: The leaders at the WBC can answer your questions and connect you with valuable resources.
Alumni Advice: Fighting Fear
“Don’t let fear stop you. Action is the antidote to fear. Taking the first step builds confidence, so take that step toward your goal and then just keep walking.”
-Susan Paul, SyneRxgy Consulting