Well, that was a longer break than I had wanted to take! A lot has happened in the past month, and I can't wait to share what's been going on!
First of all, I finished my NxLevel business plan classes. I turned in my business plan and received my certificates. I'm now qualified to... work on my business plan some more! The draft that I turned in still needs a lot of work, and I need to firm up my numbers, but having the basic plan done is a great feeling. I now have everything mapped out and know where I need to go from here.
Once I finished my plan, I entered it in the Community Business Partnership's Business Plan Contest. I attended the awards luncheon and was able to meet local entrepreneurs and catch up with people from my NxLevel class. The business plans were judged by professionals in the local community. Lawyers, bankers, accountants, and other professionals judged the plans based on the quality of financial information, market research, and ultimate feasibilty of the business idea, along with many other criteria. Although I didn't win a prize, I got five of my business plans back and they were full of feedback. That's a prize in itself and I'm so glad I entered the contest. It's just so helpful to get an unbiased opinion!
After the luncheon I flew to Colorado for a friend's wedding, mother's day, and some much needed time with my friends. I'm back to work now, though, and I'm ready to get back to the grind. I hope to have some exciting news in the next month or so!