Startup425 Foundations Seminars

Have a great idea for a product or business? Not sure where to start? Consider Startup425 Foundations. Held each year in the spring and fall, this program brings together innovators, business advisors, and entrepreneurs for a broad overview of the startup process, from business plan preparation to financing, marketing and networking. Two bonus seminars have been added to address business challenges created by the COVID-19 public health emergency. One covers risk management and the other covers running a business remotely.

Not sure if you can commit to the entire series of seminars? No worries. Sign up for only the sessions which appeal the most to your interests or needs.

Spring 2021 Series

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Startup425 Foundations fall seminar series delivery format has been modified. Rather than conducting in-person sessions in each of the five participating libraries (Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, and Renton), the material will be delivered online using webinars. Descriptions of each webinar can be found below:

  1. Small Business Planning with the Lean Canvas: Learn how business planning can help you manage the risk of starting a new business. We will show you how to use the lean canvas to put all the pieces together in a compelling way to turn your idea into a new product or service, and then into a business. Presented by SCORE Mentor Dean Van Dyke.
  2. Understanding How Marketing Can Help You Launch Your Small Business: An overview of the key marketing activities you need to work on when launching a new business will be covered. They include defining your target market, designing, pricing, and packaging your product or service, and ways to promote your business at launch. Presented by digital media marketing expert David Ormerod.
  3. Understanding the Options for Financing Your Small Business: Explore the financing options for starting a new small business. We will help you determine the option that makes the most sense for supplying the capital your business needs. Presented by SBA outreach specialist Janie Sacco.
  4. SBA Seminar on Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources Learn about SBA’s several different relief options to help businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations recover from the impacts of COVID-19. You can view all options or skip to a specific program below. Presented by SBA outreach specialist Janie Sacco.
  5. Creating Your Digital Presence Learn how to build a successful digital presence for your business.  Presented by Chaitra Vedullapalli who is a influential Business Leader with a passion to enable digital equality
  6. Risk Management and Cybersecurity Learn about the common types of business insurance, how they work and when they might apply to your business. Learn how to guard against cybersecurity threats by safeguarding business and employee devices and data. Presented by local experts Felissa Bunner and Jim Bachaud.

Dates, Times, and Locations

Date Day Time Topic Format Registration
3/16 Tuesday 600 to 730P Small Business Planning with the Lean Canvas Online Register now!
3/23 Tuesday 600 to 730P Understanding How Marketing Can Help You Launch Your Small Business Online Register now!
3/30 Tuesday 600 to 730P Understanding The Options for Financing Your Small Business Online Register now!
4/6 Tuesday 600 to 730P SBA Seminar on Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources Online Register now!
4/13 Tuesday 600 to 730P Creating Your Digital Presence Online Register now!
4/20 Tuesday 600 to 730P Risk Management and Cybersecurity Online Register now!

“I really appreciate the speakers sharing their relevant experiences and knowledge and taking their time for us!”

— Spring 2018 Participant

Program Partners

Startup 425 is proud to partner with the community to make our programs possible. We’re not interested in reinventing the wheel—outstanding organizations and program providers are already doing great work on the Eastside. Instead, we convene and collaborate with strong, independent partners to promote entrepreneurship and economic development.