12-week class for women in business starts Sept. 14
Members of the 2019 Be the Change Foundation’s class celebrate their graduation.
Based in Warrenton, the Be the Change Foundation has opened registration for its fifth 12-week class, starting Sept. 14 and designed to empower, strengthen and inspire women in business.
Local professionals lead each session, which starts with an entrepreneur who shares his or her unique story and business tips.
Classes had taken place in person at Lord Fairfax Community College’s Fauquier campus. But, COVID-19 required a change to hybrid sessions. The non-profit organization’s board adopted an all-virtual classroom format for the fall 2021 semester. BlueSky Phoenix, a Warrenton website and marketing development company, has created an online curriculum based on the in-person program.
The 12 week program, “WomenBizLaunch” educates participants on how to form a business and run it successfully or move to the next level in an existing business.
The class will conduct a weekly, two-hour class session live via Zoom, recorded in case the time or date is not convenient. The instructors, board members and program director offer additional access and support throughout the 12-week program via a private Facebook group.
“We want our participants to be inspired and empowered not only for their own growth but to support others as they grow and truly Be the Change,” said Marianne Clyde, who founded Be the Change.
The curriculum covers a range of topics, including Finding Your Why, Mission and Vision and Your Unique Selling Proposition, Building Your Business Plan, SWOT Analysis – Why It’s So Important, Organizing the Chaos: Using Systems That Work, Keeping Your Books, Building Your Team, Marketing on a Dime on Your Time, Networking Like a Rock Star and Controlling Stress.