Welcome to Future Tech Biz Club! Our goal is to help you learn how to start and promote your own small business and build your own business website. Our mission is to help your small business succeed by giving you cutting edge skills combined with a network of support. Our program consists of 3 business startup courses each of which has 12 lessons for a total of 36 one hour lessons. These three courses are:
Course 1: Plan Your Business
Course 2: Organize Your Business
Course 3: Promote Your Business
Our first course, Plan Your Business, includes the following 12 lessons:
Lessons 1 and 2 focus on the economy. We learn how our economy works and how successful businesses work.
During Lessons 3 and 4, we cover how to write a business plan and meet local business owners who have started their own small business.
During Lessons 5 and 6 we learn how computers and networks work.
During Lessons 7 and 8, we learn how to use Bluefish make our first web page.
During Lessons 9 and 10, we learn how to change the size and color of Text.
During Lessons 11 and 12, we will learn how to add images and colors to our website. At the end of this first course, we will help you present your business website.
Our second course, Organize Your Business, includes these 12 lessons:
Lessons 1 and 2 review options for structuring your business.
Lessons 3 through 6 cover how to keep track of business funds.
Lessons 7 through 12 explain how to design your business web pages.
Our third course, Promote Your Business, includes these 12 lessons:
Lessons 1 through 4 outline how to post your business website to the Internet.
Lessons 5 through 8 describe how to promote your business with social media including Facebook and YouTube.
Lessons 9 through 12 give examples of how to promote your business within your local community.
Graduates of this course will be given the opportunity to learn even more by mentoring future students in our program. We hope that over time, we will be able to build support network for new business owners.
Our Two Sample Websites
We offer two sample business projects to make it easier for you to get your own project up and running. These are a product business Worlds Best Lemonade Stand and a service business called Pet Education Center.
During this course, you get a chance to put your learning into action by writing your own business plan and building your own business website. You will then present your business website and business plan to the rest of the group.
During this course, you will be given this course notebook and a personal USB drive with course documents loaded onto it. Students should bring both of these tools to every class. Students will also be given the choice of using their own laptop, if they have one, or using one of our laptops during the course. If you are using your own laptop, we will help you load the needed course programs, like Bluefish and LibreOffice, onto your laptop.
Tools you will need to complete this course
#1 A laptop (we will provide if needed)
#2 Web Building Programs. Your laptop should be loaded with the following free web building programs: Web Page Coder, Bluefish Web Editor, LibreOffice Word Processor and Image Editor, Firefox Web Browser, Firefox Web Browser, Chromium Web Browser, Krita Image Editor.
#3 USB Drive (We will provide)
#4 Course Notebook (We will provide)
#5 Internet Access (if available. But if not, we can also do all of these activities offline)
#6 Desire to learn how to write your own business plan and build your own business website.
#7 Time each week to complete the Reading and Homework Assignments
In addition to attending each class, you will be given a homework assignment to complete and bring to the next class. Each class is about one hour and each homework assignment should take less than one hour to complete. Thus, the total time each week required for this course is about four hours per week - with the goal of each student creating their own business plan and building their own business website by the end of this course. Some of the homework may require access to the Internet. If you do not have Internet access at your home, then just complete the readings and we will do the Internet portions during our in-class sessions.
Sound good? Let’s get started!