CREATE Entrepreneurship Training Portal

Welcome!  Let's get started.

We take your time and attention seriously.  You have skills, talents, and ideas that will make a positive impact on others.  You want to know your next step or a little help getting organized.

Our purpose is to offer you the quickest, most affordable, comprehensive information for a business startup.    

See how and why we attempt to accomplish that below.

Comprehensive Training:  

We offer more than entrepreneurship education.  You could purchase a college entrepreneurship textbook for $120 or surf the web for nine months, and eventually, you'll compile enough entrepreneur education to become dangerous.  A business startup requires more than head knowledge.  That's why this training has three tracks.  You will also learn about the skills and character attribute requirements for becoming an entrepreneur.  We've included worksheets and games to help you practice before you play and some of the most motivating voices in the field to encourage you to keep moving.  With a Facebook forum for peer support and regular mentor calls, CREATE Clubs is the most comprehensive entrepreneurship training available.

Quick Training:  

Comprehensive can be quick!  We recognize that you're paying a monthly fee for this information, and we're honored to be your guide.  But we're paying you a disservice if we give you more information than you need.  That's why CREATE Clubs are not linear training.  Scroll down and see that we list our entire training content on one page!  If you already have a product idea, skip ahead to ensure that it's viable.  If you understand market segmentation, you don't need to review.  The information is there for you, and you chose how you consume it.


Most Affordable: 

You've already purchased access to be a CREATE Clubs member, so we don't need to sell you on the price.  It may be hard to believe, but there are no other costs unless you want to donate to someone who can't afford to be a member (we have a nonprofit for this).  We want you to get the most out of what you paid.  Some people develop a business in 18 months, some in nine months.  Some people go crazy with their CREATE Club membership for three months and then cancel.  We want you to cancel your membership as soon as you're ready.  In our opinion, you're ready as soon you've launched a profitable business, or you've given up on the idea.  Until one of those two occurs, get the most of this membership!  Take action and work fast.  Successful business owners are successful because they give it a real go!


WHY:  

As entrepreneurs (all of our curriculum writers are business owners), we know the empowering effect of making a profit from your idea, service, or product.  Empowerment strengthens human dignity and is the antidote to a victim mentality.  Empowering others is the mission mindset of our creators.

A Few Words About Risk

Have you heard, "Don't gamble with money that you can't lose."  Entrepreneurs don't play games of chance.  Your entrepreneurship education will help you mitigate risk, but there are no guarantees from this training as with starting your own business.  Before you dive forward in business development, please take a little time to assess your risk, and develop a mindset for risk tolerance.  Also, be sure to read our User Agreement.

Navigating the System to Suit Your Needs

Experiential Learning: Learn by doing.  You will value your marketplace education over your coursework.  There is no grade for this course, no certificate.  When you've made a profit, or your nonprofit is sustainable, then you pass. 

Assignments:  We've included dozens of worksheets to help you organize your business.  Download and print these helpful worksheets or use Google Sheets.  Please make a copy of this Google Sheet or download it to excel. Fill in the blanks as you create your business.

Just-in-Time Learning:  Each training session in the CREATE curriculum moves you forward in the startup process.  Find and complete only the sessions that will help you build your business.  We strongly discourage studying this entire website before moving forward in your business.  With a startup, ACTION TRUMPS KNOWLEDGE every time.

Navigation Links:  Below is a list of links for business, skill, or character development.  Often, skill or character development compliments a business lesson, so don't neglect skills and character.  In the long run, the person you become is far more important than the business you build.

Videos: Inspiring videos will help you adopt a success-mindsets and behaviors.   

Training Sessions

Business Development

Understanding Lean Startups

Do not continue with your business until you understand this concept.  Lean methodology will start your business on the right foot, saving you hours and dollars.

Skills Development

Skill Development Basics

Skills are developed through practice.  You can have great business ideas that lead to a hobby if you can't become proficient with an entrepreneur's necessary skills.

Character Development

Character Development Basics

Character is developed through exposure to environments, and character attributes determine a person's ability to acquire skills and utilize them.

Ideation 

Learn to recognize opportunities to use your unique talents or solve problems with a profitable product, service, or idea.

Viable Product 

If you've worked through ideation, you have many business ideas.  Now let's test them for viability.


Market Research/Competition

We fear this assignment, but we have our heads in the sand if we don't study our competition.  Learn to segment your markets, and find your competitive niche.

Mission, Vision, Core Values

You've studied the competition, and you know your niche.  Now it's time to get ultra-clear on your purpose, direction, and behavior.  Develop your success strategies here.

5 P's of Marketing

You have a product.  Let's zoom out for a second and learn the other components to building a business.


More on People

Who are the key people on your team?  Have you covered the basics of bookkeeping (accounting), legal, and marketing?  Let's explore when you're ready for this step.

More on Price 

How do you price your product or service?  Here, we give you eight ways to come at that question to help you determine the right price.

Customer Avatars

There is a marketing paradox that states if you want to sell to everyone, focus on just one.  Create an avatar of your early adopter.

More on Promotion

Once you're sure your product will sell to specific market segments, it's time to get the word out.  Here, we discuss several formats for promoting your business.

Creating a Platform

Should you build a platform of loyalists before you launch?  Here, we discuss the idea of building a platform. and how one can help your company grow.

Startup Costs and Budgets

Learn how much money you'll need to start your business and how you can get it.  Find your break-even point.  Plan your cash flow for your first year and beyond.

Incorporating & Legal

When is the right time to incorporate?  What legal protection do you need?  Here we discuss the basics of business structures and legal protection.

Starting a Nonprofit

Learn how to file for non-profit status with the IRS and your state.


Scaling Your Business

We discuss taking your business from a side hustle to a full-time gig.  Growing from zero to five employees is as challenging as growing from ten to 100. 

Legacy or Selling Your Baby

What's your end game?  If you have a loyal clientele and working business systems, you might want to let someone else put in the work and reap the reward... for a price.

Vision Casting

You have a great idea, but can you express it to others in a way that compels them to action?  Learn to share your ideas and use vision casting tools effectively.

Networking

Have you heard that it's not what you know but who you know?  What is Networking?  How is it different from a sales call?  Learn networking tools and ideas.

Motivation and Self-Talk

Your confidence is equal to your previous experience, except for how you frame up that experience through self-talk. 

Developing Confidence

We'll discuss the essential mindset and four practical tips for developing your confidence.


Selling

Make no mistake; you're always selling.  If not a product or service, you're selling an idea or yourself.  Learn the cycle of selling and the keys to making a good first impression.

Developing Habits & The CDOS

Are you a slave to bad habits or the master of good ones?  Learn the secret to developing good habits and letting good habits develop you.

Living on a Schedule

Some people think that holding a schedule will prevent them from having spontaneity.  Schedules free you of worrying that you're not doing what you should be.

Handling Money

How many checking accounts do you have?  Only two?  Learn why you should have more bank accounts as your business grows and how to work with money.

Making Good Decisions

We make thousands of decisions daily.  When should you slow down and think or process with others?  This session discusses essential decision-making skills.

Leadership

We identified eight leadership styles, and tell you how to develop the skill of leadership.


Recruiting & Hiring

Whether you need one 90%er or as many I-90s as possible, who you bring to the team is possibly the most critical decision for your company's growth.

Onboarding

CEOs say that culture is king.  Businesses develop their culture through the way they onboard new employees.  Learn the essential agreements for employee onboarding.

Running Effective Meetings

A business meeting can suck the life from the employees or revive their focus and productivity.  Learn essential elements of running effective meetings.

Emotional Preparation

How will you think, feel, and act when things don't go as planned?  Can you prepare for unknown problems?  You can certainly prepare for challenges others have faced.

Business Ethics

The concept of Business Ethics is less sexy than vision casting or networking, but this session will add to one of the core powers to long-term business success.  Truth.

Being Teachable

This concept isn't about classroom knowledge; it's about putting knowledge into action.  Understand neuro-plasticity and what it takes to learn new skills. 

Courage

Courage isn't the lack of fear; it's having fear and acting anyway.  Learn how, as a character attribute, you develop courage through your chosen environment.

Attitude

A business startup requires significant force to break the market's inertia.  Here, we spell out the mindset to build and maintain business momentum.

Risk Tolerance

Should you ever risk money or your time for an uncertain return?  When?  Here we discuss the relationships between risk, fear, and decision-making.

True

Your words are more powerful when they are true.  Beware, you can't unlearn what you learn about speaking the truth.  Half-lies and white-lies become unappealing.

Grit

Is sticktoitiveness a word?  When challenges are bigger, can you dig deeper to perform at a new level of action?  Learn about grit and its growth environment.

Accountability

Are you a lone wolf?  Business ownership requires accountability.  Here, we explore the environmental elements that shape the attributes of accountability.

Emotional Reservoir 

Some people have a thimble, others a bucket, a few have an oil drum.  How much can your emotional container jostle before it's emptied, affecting your behavior?

Belief

Some people have faith that is strong enough to turn possibilities into reality.  Learn about the significant power of acting "as if."

Commitment/Loyalty

Should I stay or should I go?  What does your disposition tell you?  Learn about the character of commitment and its value for running a company.

Interdependent

Can you ask for help?  The vulnerable life skill of mutual interdependence pertains to business and personal life.  Here, we explore the power of authentic humility.

Presence & Self-Awareness

If you're often asking why or baffled when things go sideways, you may struggle with being self-aware.  Being "here" is more than a skill; it's a disposition.

Initiative/Bias Toward Action

A critical success indicator is an entrepreneur's disposition toward taking initiative.  Do you have a bias toward action?  Learn how you can build and reinforce this trait?

Adaptability

Shifting from employee to supporting yourself in the open market requires adaptation - to a new environment and a new relationship with yourself.

Social/Situational Awareness

We discuss how to read interpersonal communication, a small group, or a crowd.  More importantly, you'll learn how to observe yourself in each setting.