What to expect?
Your advising journey will begin with a short orientation call with our Customer Care Specialist who will then make an appointment for you to speak with an advisor. This “getting to know you” session will take about 30-60 minutes and will help us understand your business background and where you are on your entrepreneurial journey.
Our no-cost, one-on-one confidential business advising can assist you on a wide range of topics based on your individual needs. We will cover:
- How to create a business plan
- Financial analysis and forecasting
- Finding a loan
- Budgeting for the future
- Marketing your business
- Securing your permits
- Increasing your staff
Who are the business advisors?
Our advisors are part of our community. They each bring their expertise to answer your specific questions about your business.
Get the most out of your advising experience
Whenever you speak with a West Center advisor, it’s best to be prepared! These handy tips will help you get the most out of your advising sessions
Share the Skeletons!
Be ready to talk about the good, bad and the ugly, financial issues, internal grievances, and everything in between. Our advice is always confidential. And if we need to share something in order to attain a goal, we will always ask your permission first.
In order for you and your business to benefit from advice, you need to declare all the challenges. With everything out on the table, your advisor will be best equipped to offer you practical solutions.
Think about what questions you want your advisor to answer. Questions can be as simple as, “How do I get a business license?” or as philosophical as, “How will my business fulfill me?” Asking yourself these kinds of questions will make for a more thoughtful and meaningful interaction with your advisor.
Do your Homework!
You’ll get the most out of your sessions by following through on your advisor’s suggestions for research and next steps. Always remember: you are in the driver’s seat; your advisor is just showing you the best way to move ahead.