“Equity and Debt Financing” Please respond to the following:

Week 8

“Equity and Debt Financing” Please respond to the following:

· Using the Internet or Strayer databses, examine two (2) sources of outside equity capital available to entrepreneurs. Next, describe the source(s) you would use if you were creating a new company. Explain your rationale.

· Using the Internet or Strayer databses, analyze two (2) sources of debt financing. Next, discuss which non-bank source you would use if you were creating a new company. Explain your rationale.

Week 9

“Location and Quality Control” Please respond to the following:

· Identify three (3) factors you would recommend be used to select a location for a business in order to provide it with a competitive advantage. Next, select a location, and state the reasons that support your site selection. (If you envision this business being online only, then identify a temporary, pop-up site that will help this business enter a new market.)

· You want to adopt a program to improve quality and efficiency within a company. Analyze four (4) quality control tools (Lean Principles, 5S Principles, Six Sigma, and Total Quality Management). Next, discuss which tool you would select to implement into a business. Justify your response.

Week 10

“Inventory and Staffing” Please respond to the following:

· Discuss three (3) inventory factors that you believe could present problems for a business. Next, create a strategy that would help mitigate these challenges.

· Outline a strategic plan for hiring and retaining competent, motivated employees within a business.

Week 8 Assignment 3 Submission

Students, please view the “Submit a Clickable Rubric Assignment” in the Student Center.  Instructors, training on how to grade is within the Instructor Center.

Assignment 3: Promotion and Pricing Strategies Due Week 8 and worth 135 points

“Entrepreneurs must determine what to sell, to whom and how often, on what terms and at what price, and how to get the product or service to the customer. In short, a marketing plan identifies a company’s target customers and describes how it will attract and keep them. The process does not have to be complex” (Scarborough & Cornwall, 2015, p. 274).

With this assignment, you will address some of the basic areas within a marketing plan and help to refine your strategies for creating a successful business.

Using the business from Assignment 2, write a three to four (3–4) page paper in which you:

1. Identify its primary target market.

2. Specify three (3) methods you will use to research customer needs and wants.

3. Describe the marketing mix: a) product, b) pricing strategy, c) promotion, and d) placement/distribution.

4. Create a one-year advertising budget and plan that incorporates the use of various advertising media and publicity.

5. Include at least two (2) references outside the textbook.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

· Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

· Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

· Describe and analyze the necessary activities and key decisions to start a small business.

· Use technology and information resources to research issues in small business management.

· Write clearly and concisely about small business management using proper writing mechanics.

Week 8 Assignment 3 Submission

Students, please view the “Submit a Clickable Rubric Assignment” in the Student Center.  Instructors, training on how to grade is within the Instructor Center.

Assignment 3: Promotion and Pricing Strategies Due Week 8 and worth 135 points

“Entrepreneurs must determine what to sell, to whom and how often, on what terms and at what price, and how to get the product or service to the customer. In short, a marketing plan identifies a company’s target customers and describes how it will attract and keep them. The process does not have to be complex” (Scarborough & Cornwall, 2015, p. 274).

With this assignment, you will address some of the basic areas within a marketing plan and help to refine your strategies for creating a successful business.

Using the business from Assignment 2, write a three to four (3–4) page paper in which you:

1. Identify its primary target market.

2. Specify three (3) methods you will use to research customer needs and wants.

3. Describe the marketing mix: a) product, b) pricing strategy, c) promotion, and d) placement/distribution.

4. Create a one-year advertising budget and plan that incorporates the use of various advertising media and publicity.

5. Include at least two (2) references outside the textbook.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

· Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

· Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

· Describe and analyze the necessary activities and key decisions to start a small business.

· Use technology and information resources to research issues in small business management.

· Write clearly and concisely about small business management using proper writing mechanics.

Click here to view the grading rubric.

Week 10 Assignment 4 Submission

Students, please view the “Submit a Clickable Rubric Assignment” in the Student Center.  Instructors, training on how to grade is within the Instructor Center.

Assignment 4: Supply Chain Management and Financial Plan  Due Week 10 and worth 135 points

”One of the most important steps in launching a new business venture is fashioning a well-designed, practical, realistic financial plan” (Scarborough & Cornwall, 2015, p. 454).

With this assignment, you are creating two important elements of a financial plan: an Income Statement and Balance Sheet. You also are preparing an outline of a presentation of your business plan to potential investors or lenders.

Using the business you created from Assignments 2 and 3, write a three to four (3–4) page paper in which you:

1. Prepare a simple pro forma (projected) income statement and balance sheet for the first two years of operation, using income projections and incorporating an advertising plan.

2. Outline a plan for hiring and retaining competent, motivated employees for your business.

3. Prepare an outline for a “pitch,” i.e., a short 20–30 minute business plan presentation that will be made to lenders or investors.

4. Include at least two (2) references outside the textbook.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

· Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

· Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

· Analyze the key financial management considerations in operating a small business, including sources of financing.

· Determine the various control and support functions needed to manage a small business.

· Use technology and information resources to research issues in small business management.

· Write clearly and concisely about small business management using proper writing mechanics.

Click here to view the grading rubric.