Nobody is like you.
No business will be like your business.
Maybe you have an exciting business idea but you don't know where to start.
Maybe you've been in business a while and are facing some new problems or need access to specific business resources.
Either way, West Business Development Center can help.
Our no-cost, one-on-one confidential business advising can assist you on a wide range of topics based on your individual needs, including:
preparing a business plan
financial analysis and forecasting
securing a loan
budgeting for the future
growing your staff
The first step? Sign up for a 30-minute orientation call.
Our experienced and professional advisors will listen to your business idea or your business challenges and discuss how you can get ahead.
How to get the most out of your advising time
It’s important to understand what advisors do and how they do it. Think of them as experts in their field, usually focusing on a set of specialties that they excel in and use across a wide variety of industries. If you are new to West Business Development Center, after a brief orientation, you will first meet with a generalist advisor to discuss your short- and long-term goals. As direction becomes clearer, you may see advisors who specialize in your area of need.
At any point on this journey, it is best to consider these steps to get the most from your advisor relationship.
1. Share the skeletons in the closet.
For advisors to fully understand the lay of the land, they must have full visibility of the entire company—the good and bad, financial issues, internal grievances and everything in between. Our advising is confidential. You will always be asked for approval to share information should it be necessary to attain a goal.
2. Explore challenges before solutions.
Advisors by nature will seek the best solution to the challenge laid out in front of them. By outlining the challenges faced by you and your company, they can explore the causes and then the best solutions. Give the advisor the ability to fully deploy their skills against a challenge, instead of assuming a solution. You will get a new viewpoint on the obstacles and will walk away with either confirmation or a new perspective.
3. Come with questions.
It is helpful to have a set of questions that you want answered. Your questions can be as specific as, “Should I get a business license” or as broad as, “How can I figure out what makes me happy?” Aside from clarifying your needs to your advisor, the process of coming up with questions makes you more thoughtful about what you’re hoping to get out of the meeting.
4. Do Your Homework.
Meeting with your advisor should be helpful in outlining a plan or guiding you on steps you should be taking next. To make the most of your appointments, write down what next steps need to be completed before your next meeting. Do them, and come back with additional information to work on. Your advisor is here to make sure you’re going in the right direction, but it’s still you who needs to be making the big decisions.