The SMART Program

Start Smart by BizWorks Center

Starting smart is as simple as 1 -2 -3....


Check out these intensive classroom-style courses designed to stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit and prepare entrepreneurs for the logistical, economic, and mental rigors of starting a business.

"It [Start Smart] was a great experience and I was honored to be invited to judge.

You are doing great things at BizWorks and I am glad to be a part of your success."

Christoper Jones, Authentic Leader


A 4-hour introduction course
for the startup to learn the basics about
licensing, legal formation, market analysis,
cash management and more!


For the business owner still developing
revenue & testing their business model,
this 12-hour course covers
marketing strategy, networking,
risk management accounting concepts
and attracting capital all as you
build your business plan!


Advanced course for small business
owners wanting to sharpen
their sales, brand management,
human resources & leadership skills.

Let's take your business to the next level!

Could this be what you've been waiting for?

Want to attend a session?

A new session will be beginning soon.

Pay per Session:
Non-Members - $25
Members Free (must RSVP)
Virtual Members - $10

10-Week Course:
Non-Member Participant - $100
Virtual Member - $50

You have a chance to win $1,000 for your start-up!

The cost of the program, valued at over $1,000, is only $100!  Fees are to be paid at (or before) first session.  Send completed applications to:

Here's What You'll Learn

Business Model Canvas

A Business Model Canvas allows users to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot their business model”. The 5-hour course, facilitated by a SCORE consultant, creates a model that serves as the basis for their business

Business Basics


You will get the information you need at seminars facilitated by recognized experts! The Start Smart curriculum walks you through understanding financial statements, accounting and tax concepts and marketing and networking principles essential to developing a healthy business. You will also receive logistical advice on obtaining licenses and legally setting up and protecting your business and assets. 

Business Planning Framework

You will address the uncertainty of entrepreneurship by creating a scalable and repeatable business plan through marketing and financial projections. You will also learn how to view market share and profitable client relationships using the latest in social media, technology, and strategies to increase revenue.

Participants create a Business Planning Framework using the SUSTAIN Program facilitated by selected subject matter experts utilizing learning modules based on the book Anatomy of A Business Plan, by Linda Pinson, an award winning author and educator. You will also get to connect to the people and resources that you need to get the results you want through formal and informal networking techniques and strategies.

Pitch Deck Competition

The culmination of the program provides you the opportunity to conduct a presentation limited to a short executive summary and a few key graphs showing financial trends and key decision making benchmarks. You will compete for $1,000 and 6 months free Incubator space awarded to the best “deck” as judged by a panel consisting of Chesterfield Business Leaders.

BizWorks recently received a Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE) grant to help fund the Start Smart Program. The purpose of this program is to prepare potential entrepreneurs for the logistical, economic, and mental rigors of starting a small business.