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Monthly Start Up Lab

Please note: You must be a current client of the WBC at JEDI.

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Sign up once and attend every month or just pop in on the months you have a pressing question or need. (Although we promise that every month's content will be worth your time to participate.)

Are you getting ready to launch a new business venture? Are you feeling overwhelmed or confused about your next step?  

Join us for our Monthly Start Up Lab where you can receive mentorship and support from our small business experts. Get answers to your business questions and receive accountability support to help you continue making progress towards your start-up goals. Our consultants will assist you in creating a plan for your next steps and creating a path forward to guide you to success.  

Topics Covered Include: 

  • Business plan 
  • Business model 
  • Financial projections 
  • Funding options 
  • Startup capital 
  • Startup costs 
  • Legal entity  
  • Licensing and permitting 

When: 2nd Monday of each month at 11:30 am

Where: Zoom  

Cost: FREE  

Meet Your Business Experts:  

Nina Natina, Business Development Consultant & Loan Specialist 

With over 15 years of experience in business planning and development, and a business owner herself, Nina shares her extensive knowledge to guide entrepreneurs and business owners through the process of planning, starting, and expanding their business visions. Based in Redding, Nina provides our clients with access to a wide network of funding resources and assists clients in producing formal business plans and financial projections for loan and grant applications. Nina obtained her Master’s Degree from the School of Global Policy & Strategy at UC San Diego.  

Tola Levinson
Business Development-Startup and Asset Building Specialist
Tola Levison has developed and managed welfare to work programs utilizing self-employment as a welfare to work strategy. Her innovative approaches to outreach and retention of the poorest of the poor have received the recognition of the FIELD /Aspen Institute. The MS Foundation, and CFESS (Californians for Economic Self-Sufficiency) Ms. Levison has served as a resource person for CAMEO (California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity)

Ms. Levison utilizes her own personal experience of having escaped poverty and years of welfare dependency to develop and manage programs for very low income, welfare to work and persons with disabilities.

Tola has recently moved to Shasta County and is looking forward to working with our north state startup businesses to grow and prosper.