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Start Smart - Summer 2018

  • Business Investment Growth 5407 North Interstate Highway 35 Austin, TX, 78723 United States (map)

Business Empowerment

Thinking about starting a business? You're not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans catch the entrepreneurial spirit, launching small businesses to sell their products or services. In fact, given the new economic reality of our time, more people than ever before have found the "job" they thought was waiting for them doesn't exist. Others have come to the conclusion that they would rather create work they love, constructed to fit with their own life goals.

Many times entrepreneurs are starting a business based on­ an idea, but lack the personal hands-on experience of running a business from all aspects. The more you know about starting a business, the more power you have to form a business that develops into a lasting source of income and satisfaction.

BiGAUSTIN’s Start Smart program provides all the key essentials for starting and operating a business.

Start Smart provides practical business training, helping students hone the skills they need to create, manage, and grow a small business. In addition, the start smart program connects entrepreneurs with business insights, leadership skills, and professional networking connections so you can create a new business or expand an existing enterprise.

Start Smart is a 14-session course designed for people who want to start a business and need the skills to test the feasibility of their business concept. Participants develop a business plan which acts as the blueprint for their start-up venture.

Start Smart Students Benefit from:

  • Completing Feasibility Study

  • Cultivating a Business Plan

  • Insight into Marketing & Market Research

  • Understanding Financials

  • Knowledge of Legal Considerations

  • Access to Expertise

  • Working with other aspiring like-minded entrepreneurs

Application Documents:

If you would like to attend Start Smart please email, we require attendees to fill out 3 forms. Start Smart Application, Client Intake Form, and Business Concept Statement.

These documents are required for those who want to register for our Start Smart workshop.

Instructor: Matt Sparks

Tuition: $197.99 - Early Bird Special: $139

Early Bird Special - 30% discount, registration ends April 15, 2018

Call us to see if you qualify to become a City of Austin (COA) client and get all our workshop tickets for FREE.


May: 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 31

June: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25

Note: We are located in Capital Plaza shopping center – Chase Bank building – 2nd floor.

Contact: If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact


Can we bring children?
Please make arrangements for children; childcare services are not available in our offices.

What can/can't I bring to the event?
Feel free to bring a snack.
The room is often cold, you may need a sweater.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You do not need to bring a copy of the ticket to this workshop.

Earlier Event: May 4
Business Law Basics
Later Event: May 15
Borrowing Basics