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Jumpstart Evanston

Want to WIN A CASH $$ PRIZE?
Then… JUMPSTART EVANSTON is for you!

* Business Plan Development

* Business Financials * Business Structure

* Accounting * Marketing & Sales

* Growing Your Business

JUMPSTART EVANSTON is a competition for Evanston residents interested in starting and/or growing a business.

JUMPSTART EVANSTON offers FREE business classes taught by local, successful professionals to coach and inspire competitors to achieve their own entrepreneurial dreams.

January 19, 2022—6:00 p.m.
Evanston’s Historic Roundhouse, Portland Rose Room


All classes will be held in the Roundhouse Portland Rose Room at 6:00pm

 The mission of JUMPSTART EVANSTON is to provide education and resources to entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their businesses; while providing jobs, spurring economic development, and improving the quality of life in our community.


January 19, 2022  (Wednesday):

This is an opportunity to learn more about the program and the upcoming classes.  The criteria for being able to participate in the “competition” and access to grant funds will also be discussed.  Tonight, you will have a chance to meet your fellow classmates with whom you will be sharing time over the next couple of months.

Writing A Business Plan (Class #1):

January 26, 2022  (Wednesday):

Presented by Rob Condie of the Wyoming Small Business Development Center

Gain access to business plan templates the research capabilities of SBDC and the components of writing your own business plan.

Business Accounting / CPA (Class #2):

February 2, 2022  (Wednesday):

Presented by Nathan Sponenburgh of Sponenburgh and Co.

Learn the basics of business accounting and the tools necessary to keep your business on track and chart your progress.

Business Structure & Legal Concepts (Class #3):

February 9, 2022  (Wednesday):

Presented by Nathan Prete of Dustbusters Inc.

Discuss the different types of business structures (LLC, S Corp, sole proprietorships, etc.) and the legal risks you have as a business owner.

Banking & Financing (Class #4):

February 16, 2022  (Wednesday):

Presented by David Benton and Ben Bell of First Bank of Evanston & Brent Hatch w/ Lincoln Uinta Revolving Fund.

Learn how to access financing, interpret, and track the financial records for your business, and how to create projections for future growth.

Marketing & Sales (Class #5):

February 23, 2022  (Wednesday):

Panel discussion with BJ Stokes of Westar Printing and Julie Burleigh of K-2 Radio

Get information on the many types of marketing tools and what will work best for your business. Quality customer service training will also be discussed.

Expanding Your Business (Class #6):

March 2, 2022  (Wednesday):

Presented by Cody Bateman

A discussion of the many ways to make your business a success and how to adapt your methods in a changing world.

Coaches Q&A and Mixer:

March 3, 2022  (Thursday):

All coaches will be present to answer questions and enjoy a night celebrating the conclusion of the program.

Submit Business Plans:

March 23, 2022  (Friday):

Participants competing for access to funds*

Please send to by end of day.

Final Presentations:

April 1 & 2, 2022  (Thursday & Friday):

JUMPSTART EVANSTON competitors will present their business plans to a group of local professionals, serving as judges. Competitors have 20 minutes to present their business concepts to the judging panel followed by 40 minutes of questions from the judges.

The judges will review the written business plan and score the individual(s) during the presentation.  Based on independent scoring from all judges, the winner will be announced by the end of the evening (April 2nd).

The winner(s) will have access to Jumpstart funding (amount will vary).

Conclusion of the 2022 JumpStart Evanston Program—Year

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