Weekly Resources for Bedford Bootcamp


Fall 2017

Week 1: Who are you?
Growthwheel – You will receive an email from Nathan with your login!
What is DISC?

Some of the books mentioned that we recommend:
The Lean Startup by Eric Reis
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Good to Great by James Collins
E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber
Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Week 2: What’s Your Problem?
Simon Sinek Ted Talk:
How Great Leaders Inspire Action

How Two Companies Hooked Customers on Products They Rarely Use

Talking To Humans by Giff  Constable
The Purple Cow by Seth Godin

Week 3: Don’t Make Your Problem a Problem
SBA: Choose Your Business Structure
Virginia SBDC Small Biz U
Virginia One Stop
Certification for B Corps
Benefit Corporations
Va info from Benefitcorp.net

Week 4: Who Else Has a Problem?
Give the Perfect Elevator Pitch
Pew Research Center
Census Business Builder; Small Business Edition

Article Recommendation: The Pitchman by Malcolm Gladwell (also collected in What the Dog Saw, and Other Adventures)
Book Recommendation: Team of Rivals by Doris Kerns Goodwin
Launched in Lynchburg – includes a video we like  on developing a pitch and other videos of pitches.
SBDC@CVCC on Pinterest

Week: 5: How is the Problem to Solved?
Examples of Elevator Pitch: Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch
HBR: Why the Lean Start Up Changes Everything by Steve Blanks
HBR: The Limits of the Lean Start Up by Ted Ladd
The J. Peterman Company
HBR: The Rise and Fall of the J. Peterman Company by John Peterman

Week 6: Cashing in on the Problem
A Quick Guide to Break Even Analysis
Break Even Analysis Tool
In Pursuit of Profit: Applications and Uses of Breakeven Analysis
How to Better Manage Your Cash Flow
How To Manage Cash Flow

Week 7: Funding the Solution

Map of the Bedford Main Street footprint

Local Resources:
Bedford County Economic Development Incentives page
Town of Bedford
Bedford Mainstreet

Other Resources:
The Urban Sombrero: A failed Kickstarter
42 Must Do’s For Raising Venture Capital (Pitch Checklist)
Virginia Community Capital
Virginia Tourism Partnership Marketing
Virginia Small Business Financing Authority
Street Shares
Business Finance Group
Virginia Business One Stop
Center for Innovative Technology


Week 8: Testing the Solution
Six Foolproof Ways to Perfect Your Pitch
The Elevator Pitch with Marcus Lemonis
9 Ways to Perfect Your Pitch and Investor Presentation

Week 9: Taking the Solution to the World